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The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois
The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois | Honore Fanonne Jeffers
The award-winning poet and essayist makes her fiction debut with this magisterial epic--an intimate yet sweeping novel with the freshness and forcefulness of Homegoing, The Turner House, and The Water Dancer --that chronicles the journey of one American family from the centuries of the colonial slave trade through the Civil War to our own tumultuous time. "My life had its significance and its only deep significance because it was part of a Problem," W. E. B. Du Bois once wrote. Since childhood, Ailey Pearl Garfield has understood these words all too well. Bearing the names of two formidable Black Americans--the revered choreographer Alvin Ailey and her great grandmother, the descendant of slaves and tenant farmers--Ailey carries the weight of this Problem on her shoulders. The daughter of an accomplished doctor and a strict schoolteacher, Ailey is raised in the City but spends summers in the small Georgia town of Chicasetta, where her mother's family has lived since their ancestors arrived from Africa in bondage. Growing up, she struggles with this duality, a battle for belonging that shapes her identity. On one side are her exacting parents and her imperious, light-skinned grandmother Nana Claire, to whom skin color is paramount. On the other, Ailey feels the pull of the "deep country" of her mother's land-tending family, whose forebears endured the horrors of slavery and Jim Crow. But how can Ailey live up to everyone's expectations when half of her family rejects the truth of a fraught racial history, while the rest can't ever seem to break away from it? To come to terms with who she is and what she wants, Ailey embarks on a journey through her family's past, uncovering shocking and unexpected tales of generations of ancestors--Black, Indigenous, and white--in the deep South. In doing so Ailey must learn to embrace her full heritage, a legacy of oppression and resistance, bondage and independence, cruelty and resilience that is the story of the Black experience in America itself.
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vlwelser
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I need to read the first 400 pages of this by Thursday. Good thing I have a silly tote to carry it around.

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eve
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If 300 people have already told you to read this book, allow me to be the 301st. Rich with history, intergenerational loves and hurts that will feel familiar to you no matter who you are or where you come from, and characters you‘ll miss when they‘re gone.

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Kazzie
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Oh wow, this book made me think and feel a lot. The deeply rich family saga jumps around in time - and by the end the reader knows more than the protagonist. It is well written and beautiful and sad. Recommend!

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Lynnsoprano
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The other half of last week‘s #libraryhaul, I‘m about to dive into this.

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SweetP1967
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An impactful novel...one that I wanted to savor. The different threads of lives pulled together at the end and made for a satisfying journey.

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Readerann
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There was a lot to process here. It took me so long to read it, I‘m afraid I‘m just ready to move on and not analyze too much. I mostly liked it. 😊

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Tamra
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Heavy lifting here, figuratively and literally. 💔 I‘m not even sure what to say because it‘s going to take some time to digest. I didn‘t “like” all aspects of the novel, but overall it‘s an enlightening, sometimes humorous, and painful journey.

Cathythoughts Well done 👍🏻♥️ lovely review. I look forward to it someday. 3mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts thank you. It‘s definitely a print read! 3mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 I really enjoyed it. 3mo
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Graywacke I think I had the feeling too - I liked this, didn‘t like that. 3mo
Tamra @TrishB I best liked the historical timeline! 3mo
Tamra @Graywacke yes, I think I least enjoyed the relationship drama in the contemporary characters‘ stories. But that‘s just me. (edited) 3mo
Graywacke @Tamra oddly I most enjoyed Ailey‘s time in college. I found the swirl of stories and situations, many messed up, to be really entertaining altogether. It made me think of my own very different college experience. 3mo
Tamra @Graywacke 😂 mine too. I couldn‘t relate. 3mo
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Tamra
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Ooofta, some seriously heavy sh*t in this tome.

I‘m also getting some serious wind burn. It‘s been the windiest spring I can recall here. If I wanted to be wind whipped I‘d live in the Dakotas. My poor flowers. 🥀

KathyWheeler We‘re getting a lot more wind than is usual for us as well. 4mo
EvieBee Lol I‘m experiencing the same thing but I‘m determined es to stay outside! 4mo
GingerAntics Oh no. I remember one really windy spring down in the cities back in the 90s, and then we had this huge storm one night. It‘s the one time I remember our power going out growing up. Hopefully that doesn‘t happen again. 4mo
Cathythoughts Great picture 😍 4mo
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TrishB
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I loved this, I couldn‘t wait to pick it up every time I had to do other things. It‘s a big book with big themes. It‘s dark and has some very grim stuff in it, as you would expect. I learned a lot and got lost down the internet rabbit hole a few times.
A great read.

squirrelbrain Looking forward to it…when I eventually get round to it! 🥰 4mo
jlhammar Yes, I felt the same! One of my favorite reads this year so far. I was kind of sad to come to the end. It's a chunky one, bit it really flew by for me and I would have happily read even more. 4mo
BarbaraBB Sounds fantastic! 4mo
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thewallflower0707 Looking forward to reading this, right after I cleansed my reading palett from the last heavy hitter I‘ve read! 4mo
vivastory I recently ordered this. Looking forward to it! 4mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain @jlhammar @BarbaraBB @thewallflower0707 @vivastory 👍🏻 for those that haven‘t read I would say give yourself time! 4mo
Suet624 I enjoyed this one too. Long but impactful. 4mo
Cathythoughts Great review Trish ❤️ 4mo
Tamra Yes - Big themes! 4mo
TrishB @Suet624 yes definitely. 4mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts thanks Cathy 👍🏻 4mo
TrishB @Tamra sometimes they‘re in the background, sometimes they‘re right in your face. But you definitely don‘t avoid them. 4mo
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Tamra
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😳 There are some seriously good moments in this novel!

Cathythoughts Great piece. I‘m looking forward to getting to it someday. 4mo
TrishB I have just finished ❤️ 4mo
Tamra @TrishB 👏🏾 I‘m only halfway. I am not enjoying the YA relationship sexy drama, but I‘ll keep going. 4mo
TrishB There‘s a fair bit of that! 4mo
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Leftcoastzen
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Did I need to buy books to fill my Memorial Day Weekend ? No I did not .Did I get some anyway? Yes , I did!

Branwen Yes! Books just make a holiday weekend even more special! 😄📚💕 4mo
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TrishB
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#quicklunchtimeread
No afternoon meetings and campus is really quiet! Time for some lunch and my book.

BarbaraBB Lunch looks delicious 🤤 4mo
TrishB @BarbaraBB it definitely was 😁 a perk of being on campus. 4mo
Cathythoughts Beetroot 👍🏻♥️ 4mo
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TrishB
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I need more hours in the day! Loving it so far ♥️

Oryx You are motoring through that one - took me about 6 weeks! 4mo
MicheleinPhilly You‘ll have that finished by the time I wake up on Saturday, Speedy Gonzalez. ☺️ 4mo
TrishB @Oryx I‘m loving it!! 4mo
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TrishB @MicheleinPhilly will do my best! But I‘m at a gig tomorrow night so will be a bit behind! 4mo
MicheleinPhilly Wow! You guys are really making up for the last 2 years without! 4mo
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly all the cancelled gigs are piling up! It‘s My Chemical Romance tomorrow 😁😁 i never thought I‘d say that again. 4mo
batsy I'm jealous of all the gigs over there! Enjoy 💜 4mo
Deblovestoread This gives me hope I‘ll see them in October in Seattle. It been a loooong 2 year wait. 4mo
TrishB @batsy I have tonight and next week then a bit of a break until after summer. I think my kids have 2 every week! But they‘re young 😁 4mo
TrishB @Kdgordon88 it definitely has!! 4mo
Cathythoughts You‘re flying it ! I‘m jealous, I‘d love to be reading it … but I‘ll have to wait awhile. 4mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts I wanted to wait until I had a few clear days, that just never seemed to happen! 4mo
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MrsRBookish
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The more I read this book, the more I wonder where this journey will take me.

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Tamra
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Cricket is always one for a supervisory role. 🧐

TheSpineView Cute!❤️🐈 4mo
Leftcoastzen He & my Tom Tom look like brothers! 4mo
Cathythoughts Cricket has the cutest name 🥰 How‘s the book coming along , I still havnt even thought of starting it ( so long ). 4mo
Tamra @TheSpineView @Leftcoastzen thank you! Those tuxedo cats do often look so much the same. Like black labs! 4mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts he and his littermates all had bug names at the Humane Society. 😆 Love Songs is good, but it is a slow going chunkster! 4mo
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TrishB
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I‘ve worked an 11 hour day today! I got a 20 min break to eat a buttie and read 20 pages. Hoping for a couple of hours tonight 🤞🏻

charl08 Yikes. Our computers crashed at 4pm so an early start for me tomorrow ⏰️ 4mo
Palimpsest Sounds exhausting. I do hope you get some time to relax with your book! 4mo
Tamra Wow, that‘s a long day! 4mo
sarahbarnes Phew! 😮‍💨 4mo
TrishB @charl08 @Palimpsest @Tamra @sarahbarnes my eyes lasted 150 pages and my bed is calling!! 4mo
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Tamra
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Started this one and it‘s going to take awhile in order to savor the writing. I‘m especially enjoying the historical storyline. Heartbreaking. 💔

TrishB I have this ready to read but want to start when I have no distractions or at least a couple of days to read! 4mo
Cathythoughts I have this too. I listened to some on audio. The story , the writing , the characters 💫💫💫 4mo
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WriterAtHeart
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What a wonderful intergenerational, black feminist novel. I picked up this book because it was recommended to me by a colleague and I am so glad I did. Beautifully written, this epic follows the history of a family and the world around them from pre-colonial America to the modern day.

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Oryx
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Legs

Still reading this one - taking it slow but it is excellent

squirrelbrain Lots of legs! I still need to get to this one…. 6mo
Ruthiella Great photo! 😃 6mo
Oryx @TrishB @squirrelbrain I'll probably still be reading it 6mo
julesG So many legs! 6mo
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LapReader
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Scores from the little free library a while back. It is how I reward myself for walking up the hill.

Texreader Yes!! Congratulations!! (edited) 6mo
tokorowilliamwallace Nice on the guide to wine trails. 6mo
Smarkies An amazing haul! 6mo
Cathythoughts Nice haul 👍❤️ 6mo
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Brimful
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This book is very good but I don‘t think it is great. It‘s not super original although exploring the lives of an intellectual middle class black family was unusual and rewarding. It‘s beautifully written but I thought dragged a bit towards the end. Nonetheless there is so much to admire and enjoy in this novel

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Tamra
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Picked this up today because A. from the reviews I know it contains prose best lingered over in print and B. I had a gift card burning a hole in my purse. 🔥

TrishB 2 very good reasons 😁 I have it ready on the pile too! 6mo
Tamra @TrishB 😁 so many many piles….. 6mo
TrishB That is also true 😁 6mo
Cathythoughts I have this too … the part I listened to on audible was so beautiful and engaging I had to get the book … now to find time to read it 😬♥️ 6mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts precisely! 🕰😅 6mo
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Jas16
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Thank you so much Jee for the birthday surprise. I opened it first thing this morning and was excited. I have been eying it every time I am in a book store. The bookmarks are wonderful too! I so appreciate your kindness and thoughtfulness.

elkeOriginal I have heard this is a great book! 6mo
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Graywacke
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An audiobook for me, and I didn‘t like the main reader.

An ambitious work, an ode to black history in Georgia, a child of One Hundred Years of Solitude, with less magic. For all the praise this gets, it‘s a good, but not great book. It has problems. It has a lot of strengths too, my favorite being her undergraduate perspective on a fictional Spelman-like historically black women‘s college the early 1990‘s (my college years).

vivastory I'm intrigued. I just finished watching a Pulitzer predictions video & the content creator named this as their top prediction. 6mo
Graywacke @vivastory Cool. Thanks for sharing that. It captures the American experience and I think that means something with that award. 6mo
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Addison_Reads
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For 3 days this was the only book I allowed myself to read because I wanted to let myself get wrapped up in this multi-generational family saga.

Jeffers puts a variety of topics in this chunkster for the reader to consider, but the heart of the story revolves around identity and what it means to be black in America.

Heartbreakingly beautiful and definitely worth the read! 💚

jlhammar One of my favorite reads of the year so far. It really was immersive. When I had to take a break to do regular life stuff I found my mind still back in the book, thinking about and worrying about the characters, eager to get back to it. 6mo
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Oryx
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That was my seat but a moment ago. I got the 'the look' so had to shift over.

squirrelbrain Sunshine! ☀️ 6mo
Leftcoastzen Aww!🐶 6mo
TrishB Sansa‘s the same! So cute. 6mo
Ruthiella You are such a good human! 🐶❤️ 6mo
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SW-T
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If you love epic multigenerational family sagas, this is the book for you. If chunksters make you happy, it‘s the book for you. If you just like a good read, this is the book for you. Loved how it followed a Creek family, a white family, and a black family…and how their interconnectedness is revealed over time. While there‘s a lot of darkness in this one, there‘s also a lot of hope, joy, personal agency, and growth.

TrishB All those things apply! I just need to get to it! 6mo
jlhammar Loved this one. Was happy to see that it just won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. 6mo
Cathythoughts All these work for me , except ‘chunkster‘… but I think it will be a great read 👍❤️ 6mo
SW-T @jlhammar Me too. 6mo
SW-T @TrishB @Cathythoughts Hope you enjoy it whenever you get to it. ☺️ 6mo
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Bailedbailed

I could not finish this novel. I was 400 plus pages in and I had to stop. The generation after generation of sex abuse of children was more than I could take. I just could not have those images in my head any for 300 more pages. It is also a coming of age story which is not my favorite story either.

slategreyskies Thank you for sharing this. I‘m not going to read it now. 6mo
rmaclean4 @slategreyskies i wish I had known it was the tread through all the generations. Too much for me. 6mo
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Oryx
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Total #blameitonlitsy

It's quite the chunkster. Look at the beautiful endpapers.

squirrelbrain ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
Cathythoughts What a chunkster 😳 I have a copy too … reading it is going to be a challenge 7mo
Hooked_on_books @Cathythoughts For me it read faster than I expected, and I wanted it to continue when it had ended! Really engaging book. 7mo
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JackieGreco
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I adored this book. This was a novel set around an extended family between former slave owners and those who were enslaved. It was set jn a former plantation in the south. It followed the families pain in discrimination and their joy. I especially love Ailey was became a historian and studied her families history. It was an incredible read. 5/5

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sophies_little_library
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a sweeping epic following the lives of an african-american family through enslavement, the civil war, and into our modern times. ailey pearl inherits a complicated legacy of secrecy and absence, inherited from both sides of her family. as she grows up, she decides to seek out her family history, with devastating and profound results.

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sophies_little_library
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it's so good. it's so so good.

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Brimful
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I am so looking forward to starting this. 800 pages! A four page family tree! Great Litsy reviews. What‘s not to enjoy?

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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I have been sitting with this trying to come up with words to review this all week. I realized there are none. It is a masterpiece. It weaves generations of stories with poetic writing, and richly drawn characters. I was worried it was too hyped but it deserves everything positive people are saying and more.

BkClubCare On.the.LIST. (edited) 7mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @BkClubCare I felt intimidated with it's length, it has been sitting on my shelf since August, but really it is a quicker read than you would think. The family tree in the physical book was super helpful. 7mo
BkClubCare I really only need to have that sense of a long amount of time available to commit. And I don‘t yet have that! (Same with cooking, if I don‘t think I have HOURS to commit, I don‘t cook) 7mo
jlhammar Yes, totally agree! Even after so many pages, I found myself sad it was coming to an end. 7mo
BookLineNSinker I loved this because I recently moved to Georgia from the North and I learned so much about the history here.. needless to say, I understand the culture of the South better from reading this. 3 weird review: Interesting, Engaging, Informative. I really enjoyed it on audiobook, the narration was beautiful. Such a great pick. 7mo
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Addison_Reads
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1. The tagged book is probably the one I'm most excited about, but I currently have a lot of books checked out from the library that I've been wanting to read.

2. Hmm...in this day and age I could live without hearing that something's gone "Viral" and for some reason when I hear it or read it I just cringe and wait for the stupidity that typically follows.

#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

Wanna play? @KellyK @Cathythoughts

TheSpineView Don't you hate when people open their mouths and stupid comes forth! Thanks for playing! 7mo
KellyK Thanks for the tag. 🤓📚 7mo
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SherryJones
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I give this book four thumbs up — including my big toes. I love family sagas and this is the best one yet: it chronicles a Black family‘s struggles in the U.S. over every generation starting with the Creek Indians, who sre ancestors to the protagonist. We see these hardships and trumphs from the women‘s points of view, written movingly and elegantly. This book is very long but I felt sad when it ended. A must-read!

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Graywacke
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Next audiobook - based off recommendations here and everywhere, and a good audible sample.

LitStephanie Looking forward to your review! 7mo
Cathythoughts I‘m on audio with this one at the moment. It‘s very good , I‘m half thinking of getting the book , I imagine it would read beautifully too 🤔 Spoiled for choice 😄 7mo
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Floresj
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This could have easily been a trilogy. There‘s so much in here- family saga, history, relationships, generations- and it kept me interested for about 800 pages. The first 600+ pages are fantastic and are worth it to take on this epic. Great mixing of du Bois and black culture into the story line. I ran out of steam at the end, but that‘s on me- not Jeffers.

Tamra I think I‘d better do this in print rather than audio in that case. 7mo
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jlhammar
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This multi-generational epic is not to be missed! In her acknowledgements Jeffers writes “I am here on this earth to tend Ancestral altars…to give gratitude to those who came before. They live within me: The people. The folks. Their songs.”

Cathythoughts Beautiful quote ❤️💔 8mo
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Cathythoughts
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I‘ve only started today on audible on my morning walk. The beauty of the writing is washing over me ... 💔

Tamra Ohhhhh, good to know! 8mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra So beautiful 8mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts In that case maybe I should get it in print. I know it‘s a chunkster though. 8mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra I might get the book .. it seems like one I‘d like to keep 8mo
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Amiable
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And 2022 is starting off at a rapid pace, as another #ChunksterChallenge2022 contestant crosses the finish line! Great job, @Lindy!

Lcsmcat @lindy 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I‘ve been enjoying your posts on this one. 8mo
Megabooks This is coming up for me too!! Great job @lindy 👍🏻 8mo
Bookwormjillk Nicely done 👏👏👏 8mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures Yay!! This is my first pick for this challenge too! Way to get it read! 8mo
AmyG I had no idea this book was so big. Congrats @Lindy 🎉 8mo
BookNAround Good going! 8mo
Mollyanna Woohoo! Nicely done. @Lindy 8mo
Amiable @AmyG Litsy has it as being only 464 pages —I was surprised to find out it‘s nearly twice that long! Not sure why Litsy has the page count so wrong. 8mo
Nessavamusic Great job! 8mo
CoverToCoverGirl That was fast! Well done! 🙂👏🎉 @Lindy (edited) 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Awesome work @Lindy !!! 8mo
MaureenMc 👏🥳 8mo
Lindy @Lcsmcat Thanks Linda! 8mo
Lindy @Megabooks Thanks Meg! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 8mo
Lindy @AmyG Thanks! There was a stretch of time during the middle of the book that it seemed interminable, but I can see how all of the parts fit together into a satisfying whole. 8mo
Lindy @ChaoticMissAdventures Thanks Shawna! I hope you like it too. 8mo
Lindy @Bookwormjillk Thanks Jill! 8mo
Lindy @BookNAround Thanks Kristen! 8mo
Lindy @Mollyanna Thank you! 8mo
Lindy @Nessavamusic Thanks Nessa! 8mo
Lindy @CoverToCoverGirl Thanks! I have a temporary concussion-related vision problem, so audiobooks are even more important to me than they usually are. 8mo
Lindy @TheAromaofBooks Thanks Sarah! 8mo
Lindy @MaureenMc Thanks! It looks like you are reading Eighth Life now? That's a chunkster I hope to tackle at some point. 8mo
Lindy @MaureenMc Thanks! It looks like you are reading Eighth Life now? That's a chunkster I hope to tackle at some point. 8mo
CoverToCoverGirl @Lindy thank goodness for audio books. Wishing you a swift recovery! 💕 (edited) 8mo
MaureenMc @Lindy Yes, I‘m nearly 40% into The Eighth Life. Really enjoying it so far! 8mo
Lindy @MaureenMc Good to hear it‘s enjoyable and that you‘re making nice progress. 8mo
Lindy @CoverToCoverGirl Thanks! It‘s going on 8 weeks now so… not speedy. But I am improving every day. 8mo
slategreyskies I‘m late to the party, but congrats, @Lindy !! 💕✨ 8mo
Lindy @slategreyskies Thanks Sarah! 😘 8mo
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The most annoying were the Christian missionaries who intruded at odd times to advocate for baptism and the romantic practice of the man on top instead of on the bottom or from behind. They insisted that anyone civilized knew the latter two were unholy and, moreover, encouraged the rheumatism.
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Lcsmcat So that‘s how I got arthritis! 😂🤣😂 8mo
Lindy @Lcsmcat 😱😉😂 8mo
CarolynM 🤯🤣 8mo
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… whose first Christian name was actually “Miss,” so that white folks had to respect her, even when they didn‘t want to.”

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Lindy
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This colossal, intricately-layered saga spans generations in an African American family rooted in Georgia. Their ancestry is a mix of Indigenous Creek, enslaved black peoples, & colonial white slaveholders. Ailey‘s is the central story—coming of age in the late 20th c—with chapters flipping back to earlier timelines as far back as the 17th c. Major themes: intergenerational trauma; sexual violence against women & children; misogynoir & shadeism.

Lindy Audiobook (30 hours) has three narrators. Adenrele Ojo and Karen Chilton read the main part, one taking the contemporary and the other the historic timelines, while Prentice Onayemi reads excerpts from WEB Du Bois between chapters. 8mo
Lindy @Amiable At 816 pages, does this count for #chunksterchallenge2022 ? 8mo
TiminCalifornia This book was brilliant. I still think about it. 8mo
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Amiable @Lindy Absolutely this counts at 800+ pages! Great job! Although why does the page count on Litsy show up at only 464? (edited) 8mo
slategreyskies Thank you for listing the major themes. I‘d been interested in this one, but I now think I‘ll give it a pass. 8mo
Lindy @Amiable I don‘t know why the page count would be so off on Litsy. I went with the Harper Collins hardcover page count, although I listened to the audiobook (29 hours and 50 minutes). 8mo
Lindy @slategreyskies One of the things I appreciate about this novel is how the characters within it acknowledge the emotional toll taken when hearing or reading about the lives of people who endured great suffering. 8mo
Lindy @TiminCalifornia Yes, it‘s an impressive debut! What heights will Jeffers reach with her next one? 8mo
Lindy @Cathythoughts Here are my thoughts 🤗 8mo
Amiable @Lindy Goodreads lists the hardcover page count at 816, too. That's what we'll use as the official tally! :) 8mo
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GatheringBooks
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Book that #BeginsWith (well somewhat) #Sing - cannot wait to read this! Anyone up for a #BuddyRead???

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Lovely cover 📚🧡 8mo
megnews I‘d consider a buddy read if taken slow. I don‘t think Litsy‘s page count is accurate. It‘s over 800 pages isn‘t it? 8mo
GatheringBooks @megnews slow is perfect! It is definitely a chunkster. 8mo
megnews Sounds good. When do you plan to start? How many chapters are there? I don‘t have a copy yet. 8mo
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Perhaps she was beautiful, though all young women are beautiful in their ways, and this is not that kind of story.

Cathythoughts Nice 💫 I just got this one on audible ...I look forward to seeing your thoughts. 8mo
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Pinta
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History through the personal history of the historian. Coming-of-age story for Ailey in late 20th cent: smart, independent, judgmental; interwoven with stories of ancestors back to escaped slave Micco & Creek wife in early 18th cent Georgia. Black girlhood, Black womanhood. Passing, colorism, education, class, trauma, family. Du Bois‘s legacy. Yes, it‘s long, & some of the schoolgirl days might have used some editing, but compelling & direct. 2021

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Holiday book haul!

vivastory I love that poetry anthology 9mo
Cathythoughts Very nice , I think I‘ll get the LOVE SONGS. It‘s on Obama list of favourites 9mo
ReadingEnvy @vivastory oh you've read it? I'm going to read the Russian stuff out of it this year. 9mo
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ReadingEnvy @Cathythoughts yes! I usually agree with him or really disagree so I guess we'll see! 9mo
vivastory I read it when it was first published. I've been thinking of rereading it. I remember at the time it was one of my fave poetry anthologies & years later several pieces have stuck with me 9mo
ReadingEnvy @vivastory I liked that it was edited by ilia kaminsky, whose poetry I've been meaning to try. 9mo
vivastory I read the following collection this year by Kaminsky. I really enjoyed it 9mo
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This is a massive book, at 790 pages. Don‘t let the size scare you. This is powerful storytelling and inside, the heart break just won‘t stop coming. There were moments when I had to put it down before going back to it. Honoree tells the pain of the past brutally, as it must be told—and its echoes into the present. Highly recommended; one of the best I‘ve ever read. Guaranteed this book will be banned if it hasn‘t been already. Read it!

JenniferEgnor Photo shown: an Indigenous Mound just outside of Alpine Helen, GA. The story of Ailey‘s Creek descendants and the Red Mound immediately brought this to my mind. I drove past it this October. I wish they‘d have just left it alone, instead of marking it. 9mo
JenniferEgnor It is the Nacoochee Mound. More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nacoochee_Mound 9mo
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