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Take My Hand
Take My Hand | Dolen Perkins-Valdez
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"Deeply empathetic yet unflinching in its gaze... an unforgettable exploration of responsibility and redemption, the dangers of good intentions, and the folly of believing anyone can decide what's best for another's life."--Celeste Ng Inspired by true events that rocked the nation, a profoundly moving novel about a Black nurse in post-segregation Alabama who blows the whistle on a terrible wrong done to her patients, from the New York Times bestselling author of Wench. Montgomery, Alabama, 1973. Fresh out of nursing school, Civil Townsend has big plans to make a difference, especially in her African American community. At the Montgomery Family Planning Clinic, she intends to help women make their own choices for their lives and bodies. But when her first week on the job takes her down a dusty country road to a worn-down one-room cabin, she's shocked to learn that her new patients, Erica and India, are children--just eleven and thirteen years old. Neither of the Williams sisters has even kissed a boy, but they are poor and Black, and for those handling the family's welfare benefits, that's reason enough to have the girls on birth control. As Civil grapples with her role, she takes India, Erica, and their family into her heart. Until one day she arrives at the door to learn the unthinkable has happened, and nothing will ever be the same for any of them. Decades later, with her daughter grown and a long career in her wake, Dr. Civil Townsend is ready to retire, to find her peace, and to leave the past behind. But there are people and stories that refuse to be forgotten. That must not be forgotten. Because history repeats what we don't remember.
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Lauren890
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I‘m on a roll with great books this month! This one is important, and is based around actual history. I highly recommend it.

Prairiegirl_reading It‘s definitely one of my favourites this year. So important. 4w
Lauren890 @Prairiegirl_reading It‘s one of my favorites too. I agree - such an important book! 4w
Reggie I‘ve only read one of hers and it‘s called Wench. It was so good and devastating. I should pick this up. 4w
Lauren890 @Reggie Yes! I read Wench too years ago - very good book. You‘d probably enjoy this one! 4w
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MysticFaerie
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5🌟/5🌟

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Itchyfeetreader
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Final book of the holiday finished on the plane. I thought this was overall really powerful - main storyline sits in 1973 and follows a nurse in a Mississippi family planning clinic and the consequences of the forced sterilisation of young, poor, black girls. Whilst I didn‘t love the main character I think that was kind of the point and she meddled and helped this is everything I love about a good historical fiction novel

Ncostell I just heard about this book a few minutes ago on a book podcast and think I am going to check it out. 1mo
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bookandbedandtea
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I'm struggling with how to rate this. I appreciate the author shining a light on some history I had never learned but I wish she had told it from a different perspective. It was too much Civil's story and I couldn't muster much interest in her. The 2016 storyline seemed especially boring and pointless to me. If Mrs William's perspective had been included I think the story would have been stronger and more emotional. #unpopularopinion

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Y‘all, this book. I finished the audio yesterday and can‘t get it out of my head. Reading diverse books are so important. It works empathy, compassion and more understanding into peoples lives that are different than we are. 5⭐️ rec. #diversebooks #bipocauthors #importantbooks

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merelybookish
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Civil Townsend has her first nursing job at a reproductive clinic in Montgomery, Alabama in 1973. She believes helping Black women control their bodies will help uplift their community. But then she discovers two of her clients, ages 13 & 11, are being given birth control shots and she starts to question the mission of the clinic and the goals of the federal government. Based on real events, this book sheds light on an important topic & I 👇

merelybookish Learned a more nuanced understanding of how forced sterilizations were performed across the US at the same time Roe v. Wade (RIP 😔) was enacted. I did find Civil kind of annoying at times and could have done without the romance subplot. In general, I struggle with historical fiction but I am glad I read this. 2mo
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My favourite book of the year so far! I first heard about this one in the Modern Mrs Darcy summer reading guide. I almost skipped over it but then I read what it was about and figured I better try it. It‘s not easy, breezy summer reading but it‘s EXCELLENT!!
The narrator‘s southern drawl is perfection. I had a hard time putting it down.

jlhammar Hoping to get to this one soon. Now I'm even more excited for it! 3mo
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angieinwonderland
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This book is such an important read. The characters are so deeply real and flawed that your emotions run ragged. The story and all subplots pull you all the way in so that you rethink your position on everything. And that's a very good thing.

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MallenNC
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I can‘t believe this year is halfway over already! I gave some thought to my favorite books of the year so far, and here‘s where I landed. Take My Hand is my top choice, and the others are just how I fit them on the card. Some of these were just fun, while others were thought-provoking. Let me know if you‘ve read any of these too!

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“How dare they? Our bodies belonged to us. Poor, disabled, it didn‘t matter. These were our bodies, and we had the right to decide what to do with them. It was as if they were just taking our bodies from us, as if we didn‘t even belong to ourselves.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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BeaG
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The story is heartbreaking. For some reason I just struggled to keep going back to it. It wasn‘t a page turner.

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janeycanuck
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Wow. I did not expect this to be an unputdownable page turner but here we are... I didn't love the time jumps since the present-day parts were quite short and I felt pulled out of the main story (and there wasn‘t enough on how we got from 1973 to 2016 to make it worthwhile) but aside from that, this was just so good. And it was all the more compelling given the complete bullshit that's going on in the US right now with women's reproductive rights.

TheBookHippie Seriously …. 🤦🏻‍♀️. Great review. 3mo
MallenNC I loved this and really didn‘t expect to because of the subject matter. But it was so well done and relevant for today. 3mo
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This was a five star book for me. It is a fictionalized account of something that really happened and the author made the characters so real I wanted to look them up. Not really a light summer read, but it was very readable and worth the time. Once I got started I couldn‘t put it down. This reminded me of Tayari Jones, who is one of my favorites.

ozma.of.oz Gorgeous cover! 3mo
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JHSiess
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𝐓𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐌𝐲 𝐇𝐚𝐧𝐝 by 𝐃𝐨𝐥𝐞𝐧 𝐏𝐞𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐬-𝐕𝐚𝐥𝐝𝐞𝐳 is a timely look at the fight for reproductive justice. An imagining of an African American nurse whose life becomes entwined with her 2 young patients' plight. It explores women's rights, race, & socioeconomic class & privilege. Compelling, eye-opening, & thought-provoking historical fiction. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

𝘙𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘭 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸: https://tinyurl.com/yv77rvj

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Heartbreaking 💔 Unconscionable ‼️

From: Beyond the Book
In Take My Hand, the protagonist Civil Townsend works at a family planning center in Montgomery, Alabama in 1973. She visits a Black family and administers birth control shots to two sisters, ages 11 and 13, at the behest of her supervisor, a man who later orders the girls to be sterilized. This story is based on the real-life involuntary sterilization of Mary Alice and Minnie Relf.

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AmyK1
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“We are at the center of our own destiny. Always have been. Yes, there have been times this country has tried to destroy us. But we have not been doormats. No, ma‘am.”

This is a heartbreaking book inspired by real events-the forced sterilization of poor, disabled, and uneducated young women and one nurse‘s fight for justice.

This was my #bookspin for June @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 4mo
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AmyK1
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The tagged is my #bookspin and The Book Woman‘s Daughter is my #doublespin for June. Really looking forward to both of these.

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I can‘t wait to read !! 4mo
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Kboltz
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. Alabama 1973 and Civil Townsend becomes a nurse in a Montgomery clinic to help the less fortunate. The historical truth behind this novel of sterilization of young uneducated girls is just hard to believe. Written from several aspects of white and black, those that have and those that don‘t and the governmental injustices just does not seem real. Every woman needs to read this.

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JHSiess
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📖 𝕍𝕒𝕔𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟 ℝ𝕖𝕒𝕕𝕚𝕟𝕘⁣ 🌴

The long Memorial Day weekend has arrived & news reports indicate lots of folks are traveling, despite the high gas prices.⁣

I'm kicking the weekend off by finishing 𝗧𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗠𝘆 𝗛𝗮𝗻𝗱 by 𝗗𝗼𝗹𝗲𝗻 𝗣𝗲𝗿𝗸𝗶𝗻𝘀-𝗩𝗮𝗹𝗱𝗲𝘇.⁣

I hope you also have a wonderful, relaxing weekend planned!⁣

𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘣𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨?⁣

Maria514626 Making serious progress on my book club book: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, and continuing the joy that is the David Sedaris audiobook: A Carnival of Snackery. Happy reading to you! 4mo
Kappadeemom Beautiful! That looks like my neck of the woods - where are you? 4mo
KathyWheeler I‘m reading Book Lovers and will probably finish Cell. I‘m off until Wednesday, but we‘re not going anywhere. I‘d love to be where you are though! 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm Gorgeous view! 😍 4mo
JHSiess @Kappadeemom, I was on Maui. I go there three times per year (at least)!
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Melancholy2243
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This book is about a lot of things: racism, good intentions and the consequences of it, motherhood and it's various interpretations, familial bond: who are family? Is it just blood? And of course the most important one: the profession of a caregiver, a nurse and the responsibility that comes with it. What drew me is the character of Civil whose thoughts about the world were relatable. Its a deeply moving story that still remains undeterred in mind

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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BOTM

melmes Wow cool I hope you‘ll like them, I‘m really wanted to get botm but they don‘t ship outside of the US :( maybe one day 5mo
melmes Let me know what you think 🤔 5mo
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Kangaj1
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My #doublespin for May was Take My Hand, which I read for Fabled's book club discussion with the author coming up this week. This is a heartbreaking read that sucked me right in. I thought this was well done - I gave it 4 stars! @thearomaofbooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Very excited about these!! 📚❤️

#LitsyLove
#BOTM
#TBR

marleed I only get 3 nominations in September as suggestions for my 2023 IRL book club. I will be shocked if there is a book that kicks this out of my top three. I‘d just love to discuss this with my book club. 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Let me know!! I‘m hoping to join an irl book club and this one was mentioned for next month! 5mo
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JenReadsAlot
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Nice job #botm that was fast!

Curly_Reader Right! It came a day after I made my selection 5mo
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abookishbutterfly
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~April Wrap Up~

A Forgery of Roses ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Elsewhere ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Into the Drowning Deep ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Dark Harvest ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Nine Lives ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Upgrade ⭐️⭐️

Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Take My Hand ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Catch and Kill ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Crenshaw ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Howl ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Unplanned Life of Josie Hale ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Parable of the Sower ⭐️⭐️

The Soulmate Equation ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Just Like Mother ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Fourth Monkey ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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More books for my overwhelming physical TBR!

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JenReadsAlot
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#botm picks!

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I‘m excited about these! I was just about to order Take My Hand… what did you choose?

#BOTM

AmandaBlaze The Hacienda. 5mo
vivastory I selected Breathless & Siren Queen. I almost chose True Biz. 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmandaBlaze I almost chose that one! Let me know how it is! 5mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vivastory awesome 🙌🏻💙 5mo
amykuc I just finished Take My Hand. My first five ⭐️ in a while. And have True Biz waiting at the library! 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @amykuc great to know!! Thank you ❤️ 5mo
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CBee
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My BOTM choices 😁 #botm

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abookishbutterfly
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I was completely captivated by this powerful novel. Admittedly, I was oblivious to the horrific reality illustrated in the book. I‘m thankful I was able to learn about it through this story and the real case named in the author‘s note, as I feel this is a very important piece of history that all Americans should know about.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4233281763

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abookishbutterfly
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“Good intentions, we now knew, did not excuse the wounding.”

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abookishbutterfly
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“Sometimes love can kill you, just like hate. You love too hard and you can lose yourself in other folks‘ sorrow.”

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“Inspired by true events and brimming with hope, TAKE MY HAND is a stirring exploration of accountability and redemption.”

FULL POST: https://tinyurl.com/mtzpue39

@dolenperkinsvaldez
@berkleypub

Gissy I like this cover😍 5mo
SilversReviews @Gissy Yes. Great cover. 5mo
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Mpcacher
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This exemplifies what I love about historical fiction...I was entertained and I learned about a horrific series of events in the American recent past. The story is loosely inspired by the 1973 case of the Relf sisters who at the ages of 12 and 14 were tricked into being sterilized for the crime of being poor and black. This is a wonderful but heart wrenching story and worthy of your time. I gave it 4.5/5 stars.

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LibraryCin
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Really good. This was based on a real life story of two young girls that ultimately led to a trial and changes in laws. I was surprised to learn that Depo-Provera was available in the 70s. There was a current-day story to go with the ‘70s story, but I‘m not sure the current storyline added anythinge. I did feel like, although Civil was trying to help, it got to a point where there was a bit too much overreach, but she really did help that family.

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FelinesAndFelonies
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This book is an absolute masterpiece. Take My Hand is an example of historical fiction at its absolute finest. The author manages to connect the historical issues faced by the characters to events that are occurring in the present. Perkins-Valdez addresses many complicated issues-social status, race, feminism, white supremacy-without the novel feeling boggy or overdone. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

TrishB Not out until next year here. Great review 👍🏻 11mo
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FelinesAndFelonies
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Hallow and I swore to each other that we would finish homework tonight. My partner in crime is snoring loudly so I decided to start the newest ARC on my stack. This one sounds amazing! It's inspired by true events in post-segregation Alabama and a Black nurse that risks everything to do the right thing for her patients. ⚕️

EvieBee Sounds great! 12mo
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