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My Monticello
My Monticello: Fiction | Jocelyn Nicole Johnson
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ibelayni
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I‘m going to be honest, this one took me a bit longer to read than I should have and that is only because I wasn‘t expecting something so deep and intense. This was a phenomenal book that left me in tears.

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Megabooks
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Mehso-so

The Good: The short stories, particularly Control Negro, were fantastic. She brings an interesting perspective to immigration, assimilation, parenthood, & racism.

The Not-So-Good: The title novella that is the majority of the book lacked resolution imo. I don‘t mind if a 20 page story has an undefined end, but if you‘re writing a 140 pg novella, give me an ending. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Been trimming the shrubs now that it‘s fall. Enjoying the cooler weather!

BarbaraBB You are really so active!! 2mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB and I‘m so much happier for it!! 😁😁 2mo
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Megabooks
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A little random spin for one of my last #BookspinBingo squares! Unfortunately, I‘m not loving the title novella yet. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Vansa Trespasses by Louise Kennedy is heartbreaking and excellently written. 2mo
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PNWBookseller85
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A couple of short stories followed by a novella. Stunning. Totally brilliantly stunning. I‘m still reeling from the novella. So much to process and unpack. Really solid audio as well. Lavar Burton reads the first story. It‘s heartbreaking. The whole book.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Wow. It has been a minute since I have reached a climax of a book and had to say Whoooh out loud.
While some of her shorter works were a bit forgettable a couple stuck out and the main novella was excellent. Highly recommend.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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☑️ Vote, but don't expect it to save you.
☑️ March, but don't expect it to save you.
☑️ Pray, but don't expect it to save you.

This bit is accurate to today.

FelinesAndFelonies And gutting too. 😢 5mo
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The_Book_Ninja
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Despite some profound moments, it‘s a bit dull & at times reads like an unsophisticated YA romance novel. Maybe the author is hoping this becomes a key text in American schools, sparking debates about racial trauma fuelled by historical & modern atrocities & an exploration of rabid, Trumpian nationalism & misplaced (flag-shagging) patriotism. However, the blurb mis-sells it as a kind of Dawn of the Dead with white-supremacists instead of Zombies.

she_she cool picture tho 🤣 4mo
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Zoes_Human
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Five powerful short stories paired with the eponymous novella. All read masterfully. All certain to hit you with a cold shock of realization.

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TrishB
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The U.K. published version seems to be different from other versions- no short stories just the novella.
I thought it was really well written, sad, tense and oh so believable.

squirrelbrain Great - I have this on the physical TBR shelf so will get to it soon…. 5mo
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TrishB
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#quicklunchtimeread
Friday evening can‘t come quick enough! Got 20 mins to eat….

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TrishB
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#motherdaughterread
Her‘s is on the left! Monticello was mentioned in the book I‘ve just finished so I took that as a sign to read this one!

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Litsi
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Black people chased by whites in the dystopian aftermath of the Charlottesville riot make a last stand in the abandoned Monticello estate. 2 are Jefferson‘s descendants. They, though are on shifty ground. Monticello‘s exacting architecture is both a solid representation of order, principle and equality & a house of hidden horrors. Will they fare better than their ancestors? Full review https://www.facebook.com/1082882538/posts/10224729051588657/

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Lauren890
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Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2. I really liked the first short story and the novella at the end. The rest of the stories went over my head a little or weren‘t as compelling. The novella was great overall with great characters. It was a little slow in parts but that didn‘t take too much away from the poignancy of the story.

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Megabooks
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Hibernating this one. I connected with the first six short stories, but I got 30 pages into the 140 page novella, and it wasn‘t holding my attention. Sometimes it‘s just not the right time.

These stories take place in Virginia and deal with the racism Black people face in the South. The novella is a bit dystopian. A white supremacist group has taken over Charlottesville, so local Black residents take shelter in Jefferson‘s home, Monticello.

Cinfhen I‘ve been iffy on picking it up!! It‘s available on #Scribd so at some point I‘ll give it a go! 8mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen 👍🏻 8mo
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JillR
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This semi-dystopian fiction takes place during just a few days in which a group of neighbours find themselves seeking shelter in the former home of Thomas Jefferson after a rampage by white supremacists. This group of people are fighting for their lives and futures whilst the main character also struggles with seeking refuge in the place where her ancestors were kept as slaves. Short, sharp and compelling 👇

JillR I thought this had vibes of Leave the World Behind and Station 11, yet still being completely of itself. (edited) 8mo
Cinfhen Great review ♥️#stacked 8mo
JillR Thanks @cinfhen! 8mo
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Megabooks I picked this up after @Hooked_on_books ‘s review and am really looking forward to it. Excellent review! 8mo
JillR Thanks @megabooks - I‘m not sure where I heard about this one, but it‘s a good one! 8mo
TrishB This sounds fab 👍🏻 8mo
Hooked_on_books Yes, this one is great! Love your review! 8mo
squirrelbrain I picked this up in a bookshop yesterday but it‘s very slim, so thought it might be a #borrownotbuy. (Or wait until the paperback comes out). 8mo
JillR @squirrelbrain yes, it‘s very slim, under 200 pages. I don‘t usually buy hardback but got this on a super-good offer just after Christmas 8mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain currently Qd.99 on Amazon for hardback. 8mo
squirrelbrain Oh, bad @TrishB ! *trots off to Amazon* 8mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain 😂😂 I looked out of curiosity….. 8mo
squirrelbrain I *may* have ordered it! @TrishB Did you?! 8mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain of course 😁😁 8mo
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AlizaApp
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The short stories were fine, but the titular novella was excellent.

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Jolynne
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Speculative fiction at its finest.
Patriotism is based on love towards people with an emphasis on values and beliefs.

proud boy types have it all wrong.

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Megabooks
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#botm + a blame it on @Hooked_on_books 💜

Always a great day when there‘s #bookmail!

The bookmark is funny because my nickname around the house is The Laundry Wench 😂😂

LeahBergen 😆 And just 5 minutes ago, I forced myself to set down my book to fold a load of laundry. 9mo
Megabooks @LeahBergen the struggle is real! 9mo
Tamra Love that bookmark! 9mo
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vivastory Meh. Laundry is overrated 🤣 9mo
kspenmoll Perfect bookmark! Why fold???! 9mo
Hooked_on_books Woohoo! I love being blamed! 😆 9mo
BarbaraBB My son read the Foley during the vacation! 9mo
Cinfhen Nice stack 😍Love the bookmark 🙌🏻 9mo
youneverarrived The bookmark made me laugh 😆 9mo
Megabooks @Tamra @vivastory @kspenmoll @Cinfhen @youneverarrived believe it or not, I don‘t mind laundry…mainly because it‘s a good excuse to get lost in an audiobook! 😁 #ReadersGonnaRead 😂 9mo
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books you‘re good at picking books for me! 👍🏻 9mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I started it last night. I don‘t know why I‘m going for a third thriller in a row, but I‘m listening to a really serious audiobook. What did T think? 9mo
BarbaraBB It was a so-so read for him but he hardly ever rates a book very high! 9mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB so far, I agree that it‘s just average, but a good balance for my depressing audiobooks. 👍🏻 9mo
BarbaraBB I can totally understand that. Nothing as good as an engaging thriller to counterbalance depressing stuff 😃😘 9mo
Hooked_on_books That goes both ways for sure! 9mo
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Hooked_on_books
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This searing book of short stories and the titular novella explores racism by showing what a shock it is to the body to experience it. Several of these pieces slapped me across the face. This one will stay with me for a long time.

Megabooks Algorithms keep putting this in my view, and I think I‘ll get it. 9mo
Hooked_on_books @Megabooks In this case, I‘m pretty sure the algorithms are right. I think you‘d really like this. 9mo
Megabooks Boom. Ordered. Was within the one day window by 14 minutes! 9mo
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rachelk
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This book is comprised of five phenomenal short stories followed by the novella that it‘s titled for. ‘My Monticello‘ explores racism in a way that feels both dystopian and very much of the moment — all juxtaposed against the problematic history/hypocrisy of Thomas Jefferson. This is really good writing, the fact that it‘s Johnson‘s debut makes it all the more impressive.

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DMC_run8
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My pulse is still racing a bit from the ending.
I thought the main story was very good. The first few chapters are completely separate stories which was a little confusing. After I finished reading I saw that the first chapter was initially a stand-alone short story. 4⭐️ for the book but 5⭐️ for the first chapter!

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kyraleseberg
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Finished A Flicker in the Dark for February book club and it was predictable but good. I picked up My Monticello spur of the moment from the library and am surprised by how invested I am in this short story collection!

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Beachesnbooks
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January wrap-up! I finished 11 books including 4 ARCs.
🥇My Monticello
🥈Love & Other Disasters
🥉Electric Idol
Least favorite: A Marvellous Light

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Smartypants
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Mehso-so

I went into this with high expectations based on reviews I‘d read. I found the premise confusing which ultimately detracted from the experience.

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SaraBeagle
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Really enjoyed this one on audio- each story uses a different narrator, with Levar Burton reading the first one! Loved the title story and “Buying a House Ahead of the Apocalypse”.

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Beachesnbooks
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This collection of 5 short stories and 1 novella is short (only 200 pages) and INCREDIBLE. So well-written, and packs intense emotional punches. The stories' themes focus on racism and use some uncommon perspectives (second person, first person collective). It's a book I honestly think everyone should read. 5⭐️!

mhillis Great review! 11mo
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MallenNC
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This debut collection‘s title comes from the novella that makes up the majority of the book. It reminded me a bit of Parable of the Sower in that it follows people who take refuge after an environmental disaster sparks unrest. It has the additional layer of the main character being a descendant of Sally Hemmings and the place they take refuge is Monticello. The novella was well done and it was my favorite part of the book.

FashionableObserver I am loving this collection!! 11mo
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Ericalambbrown
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This one. 😳 This was a book I both read and listened to to absorb it all. The short stories were good but the novella was frightening and stressful and made me feel anxious and claustrophobic. But it was so beautifully written. And given our current state of division, it felt plausible in a terrifying way. I highly recommend this read/listen.

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Floresj
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This book includes 2 short stories and a novella. The pace of the plot of all three were perfect and characters interesting. Her endings to all three were worth the read in itself. Great debut book!

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vlwelser
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This is so good. It's short stories and a novella. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author. In the novella, descendants of Sally Hemings take refuge in Monticello and try to survive the end of the world except white supremacists are threatening to take it back.

#BookSpinBingo square 17
@TheAromaofBooks

Pub date was 10/5/2021. I'm a little behind.
#ARC #Goodreads #Holt

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 14mo
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JoyBlue
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Rich language and critically important topic make this debut short story collection a must-read. Read my review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#my-monticello

#MyMonticello #NetGalley #MacmillanAudio

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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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"Tell yourself you can start again---there is still time! This time, you'll trek a high pass in Asia. You'll sail to Antarctica to witness the great ice cap's weeping. This time, you'll fly to Africa to follow the last wild elephants' run--- you've read they have a secret language, sonographic as whale song. You'll sing them a dirge and kiss the dust. Lay a humble ear to the ground and listen."

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vlwelser
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Starting over....

#BookSpin #DoubleSpin #BookSpinBingo
@TheAromaofBooks

Received the tagged book today. Good thing I procrastinated on finishing my list. Let's pretend there's a method to the madness.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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Well-ReadNeck
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Several short stories and a novella (My Monticello). The first story and the novella were my favorites. Well worth listening on #audiobook Read by a cast including Levar Burton. #Netgalley

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ErikasMindfulShelf
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Look at for this collection of short stories coming out October 5. My favorite was the novella My Monticello.
Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for the advance audio copy.

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Cathyloves2read
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I don‘t read many books that are made up of a series of short stories. I‘m not sure that format is for me. I prefer a novel where you get to know an understand the characters. That being said, this author has a beautiful way with words. Reading her work felt like reading poetry. The last (and longest) of the short stories was my favorite. Thank you, Goodreads, for the ARC.

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AlexGeorge
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This is one of the most astonishing and powerful books I‘ve read in a long, long time. An absolutely stunning debut collection. The invention, the language, the passion, the stories! It has everything. Coming in October. Don‘t miss it.