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The Trees: A Novel | Percival Everett
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An uncanny literary thriller addressing the painful legacy of lynching in the US, by the author of Telephone Percival Everetts The Trees is a page-turner that opens with a series of brutal murders in the rural town of Money, Mississippi. When a pair of detectives from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation arrive, they meet expected resistance from the local sheriff, his deputy, the coroner, and a string of racist White townsfolk. The murders present a puzzle, for at each crime scene there is a second dead body: that of a man who resembles Emmett Till. The detectives suspect that these are killings of retribution, but soon discover that eerily similar murders are taking place all over the country. Something truly strange is afoot. As the bodies pile up, the MBI detectives seek answers from a local root doctor who has been documenting every lynching in the country for years, uncovering a history that refuses to be buried. In this bold, provocative book, Everett takes direct aim at racism and police violence, and does so in a fast-paced style that ensures the reader cant look away. The Trees is an enormously powerful novel of lasting importance from an author with his finger on Americas pulse.
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CBee
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Percival Everett is a genius - I never would have imagined a satire written about such a brutal and horrific part of history, and I never would have imagined laughing whilst reading it (laughing a lot, actually). Someone else said he managed to make something as horrible as racism, funny - and it‘s true (I feel strange saying that, if you‘ve read this you‘ll understand). I found myself researching things, names, people mentioned in the book 👇🏻

CBee As well as the history of the song (originally a poem) Strange Fruit. Check out the history of the guy who wrote it, it‘s fascinating. Lastly, I was born and raised in Mississippi, and well, the more unsavory characters in the book are similar to people I‘ve actually met. So yeah, they exist (scary but true). Five million stars, this book rocked my world. Read it! 2mo
CBee @Jas16 this book was INCREDIBLE. Total #blameitonlitsy and I understand now why it‘s so beloved. 2mo
Jas16 @CBee I am so glad that you loved it as much as I did. I don‘t think I have stopped raving about it yet 2mo
CBee @Jas16 it was just so unique and I‘m so impressed by the author. Must look for his other books now! 2mo
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book updates:
Read 🍯 Roasted on audio ⭐️⭐️⭐️ A fine continuation, but I guess I think the “romance” drags & resolves in a weird way.

Evil🤰🏽was a fun, quick surprise (audio).
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And my # came up for the Paris Apt. Great so far!

And thx to a generous surprise from @mklong , I got Jade City (per @GrilledCheeseSamurai Rec) & Trees, 1 of 5 I‘m recommending to my #reallifebookclub for May (it‘s my turn :))(others tagged in comments, fyi :)).

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Sapphire
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I am reading the #tob22 books but not in time to vote. More interested in being exposed to new great literature than voting. But this book. Wow. It‘s why I read. It‘s funny and fast paced. It feels like pulp fiction but it‘s an important book with meaningful message. And just when you think it‘s turned serious there are zombies and ends with mystic stuff. It‘s the kind of book you love, but how do you say you like a topic like this?

vivastory Stellar review 👏👏I agree that the outcome of the real TOB the past couple of years has been disappointing, but it has been great for reading unforgettable books & there have been a lot of wonderful discussions surrounding it on Litsy 2mo
TrishB I felt the same about this book 👍🏻 2mo
BarbaraBB Fab review of a wonderful book! 2mo
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DLQBOOKNERD
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Really good. Fictional retribution....

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TrishB
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#blameitonlitsy
So many reviews I just had to read. All the reviews are true.
A true literary genius in this book, I have no idea how we‘re laughing at such a tragic history. But we are. But we‘re also taking in all that horror, all that injustice and the terrible stain that violence has left on society.
Amazing read.

Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻❤️ 3mo
batsy Nice review! 💜 3mo
BkClubCare Ooooo- hadn‘t seen that cover. Is that UK? And yes, powerful book. 3mo
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squirrelbrain Great review! 3mo
Bec_lectic You have convinced me to read!! Sounds intriguing 😀 3mo
BarbaraBB Completely agree with your review! 3mo
TrishB @BkClubCare it‘s the U.K. kindle cover 👍🏻 3mo
TrishB @Bec_lectic hope you enjoy it 👍🏻 3mo
TrishB @BarbaraBB A very moving read. 3mo
Suet624 Great review for this book. It‘s hard to describe how brilliant it is. 3mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Absolutely dynamite! I won‘t be able to offer anything more than what has already been said about this one-of-kind novel, but will add my name to the list of those blown away by it. I think someone has said this here, but it‘s all I can come up with — the funniest book about racism and injustice I‘ve ever read. This is a testament to the author‘s skill. I must read others by Everett. Read this for the Tournament of Books which has broadened ⬇️

Chelsea.Poole (⬆️cont.) my reading horizons. I am going make a point to read the #ToB titles every year since I‘ve discovered some amazing books this year. 📚 ♥️ 3mo
BarbaraBB Glad you got a chance to read it and I am happy you loved it too! 3mo
Bookboss I just bought this! 3mo
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BarbaraBB
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They did it again. I can‘t believe what happened today in the real #ToB22: Zombie Klara beat The Trees???? WTF?
A small consolation is that in our tournament it did win. Subdivision was a worthy Zombie, 6 of us (Helen, Cassie, Janelle, Mindy, Tracy and I) nominated it for Zombie. However, in our votes for the match against The Trees it didn't stand a chance, only Cassie and I voted for it.
Wow, I am still SHOCKED by the outcome in the real ToB🤯

kwmg40 Wow, that was a shock! I really liked Klara (probably much more than others here) but I thought The Trees was a better book and was sure it would win. 3mo
Cinfhen Wow!!! I just read the decision. I‘m not sure I agree with her. So shocking! Lockwood BETTER win!!! 3mo
merelybookish I am also in shock, although once she said her favourite aspect in The Trees was the Trump stuff (which I considered the worst part), I didn't have a good feeling. Upset!! Even the commentators were bummed. 3mo
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squirrelbrain What!?! I also just read the judge‘s views and can‘t understand how she could feel so much for Klara. That was the issue I had with the book; Klara was rather one-dimensional. I have read so many better near-future novels recently. This is a huge disappointment. 3mo
BkClubCare Thank goodness for the fine and sensible readers of Litsy. I am 💔 I know my own issues with Klara are such that I suspect an allergy to the author but seriously?! Ugh. I am SO SAD that this has happened?!?! “So it goes” 3mo
BkClubCare @Cinfhen - COME ON Lockwood!! 3mo
BkClubCare @squirrelbrain - tbh, I didn‘t have time to read any of it. I don‘t usually do that!! I have to run workshops today so see ya all later. I don‘t have time to sob 😭 3mo
Cinfhen 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼 @BkClubCare 3mo
Addison_Reads I know Subdivision was a long shot, but I had to show it some love. 😁 This is my first year following the ToB and today's decision in the real tournament has completely shocked me. I did enjoy Klara, but The Trees is a much better book and deserved the win. 3mo
Megabooks I want to shake some sense into that darn judge. A big WTF to this decision, and I feel the same way you do about Klara @squirrelbrain ! I‘m thinking I‘ll like Remains much more than Klara, which was a total flop for me. 👎🏻👎🏻 seriously 3mo
Megabooks I‘m just hoping the actual basketball tournament turns out better than the ToB! 3mo
jlhammar I really enjoyed and appreciated Klara, but was definitely hoping for The Trees to get the rooster this year. How great was Kevin Guilfoile's commentary? “the trees getting its nuts cut off by a Zombie is a little on the nose.“ Too perfect. 3mo
squirrelbrain @Megabooks - I loved Remains and it is SO different to Klara; hopefully you‘ll be OK! 😁🤞 3mo
sarahbarnes I‘m shocked along with everyone else here at the decision today. And also rooting for the Lockwood to take the Rooster! 3mo
Ruthiella Shocked but on the other hand, I never predict correctly how the judging will go! I loved Klara but still would have picked The Trees over it. Oh well. 3mo
Suet624 No! How could they? 3mo
Mindyrecycles I also loved Klara but she was no competition for The Trees. Shocked along with most of us! 3mo
Cinfhen I missed that comment @jlhammar thanks for sharing!! CLEVER commentary!!! 3mo
BarbaraBB @jlhammar What @Cinfhen says! Clever and so true!! 3mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella How come we‘re always wrong and still love this tournament 😄?! 3mo
Hooked_on_books I really liked Klara, but no way it beats The Trees. What was she thinking?!? Now that this travesty has been committed, I‘d love to see Matrix win tomorrow so there‘s an all-zombie final. Plus I didn‘t like the Lockwood, so I‘d rather Matrix beat it anyway. 3mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books I wouldn‘t be surprised and it would be kind of spectacular although I liked the Lockwood more than Matrix! 3mo
thebluestocking Noooo! I‘m so bummed The Trees is out of the real tournament. But I‘m so glad it‘s moving on here. 💙 3mo
cariashley Absolutely shocked, and disappointed. I thought Klara was pretty lame. And kind of can‘t believe the judge said The Trees would have been more meaningful if she read it right after George Floyd.. 🥴 (edited) 3mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I know! 😂😂😂 We hope against hope year after year. 3mo
Readerann I agree with everybody here. I liked Klara, but not against The Trees. After what @cariashley said, I don‘t think I‘m going to bother reading the commentary. 🙁 3mo
Readerann @Megabooks Ha ha. I confess the basketball tournament has cut into my reading time. I did even worse with my brackets there. 😗 3mo
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vivastory
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It is often a sign of a bad book that it has you rethinking what you have to say about it while reading the last 10-15 pages. The Trees is not a bad book. It is a very good,& funny, book. I was going to call The Trees farcical, but the inclusion of speech patterns & excerpts from 45 on pg. 299-301 points towards reality as farcical &/or Everett to be the Zola of our age. To quote Black FBI agent Hind, “History is a motherfucker.“ When bodies

vivastory turn up that have ties to the murder of Emmett Till, MBI detectives Jim & Ed are called in to assist the locals. Set primarily in Money, Mississippi at several points during the novel the Nina Simone song Mississippi Goddam is mentioned. In fact, I think of Everett's book as the equivalent of a Simone song. Incendiary, inspiring, infuriating & chilling. Everett's latest is a memorable entry in fiction tackling the legacy of the brutality of 3mo
vivastory slavery & racial violence in an imaginative way that extends from Butler's Kindred to the present day. Feel free to click one or all of the following relevant youtube links!
Nina Simone performs Mississippi Goddam:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJ25-U3jNWM
Billie Holiday performs Strange Fruit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DGY9HvChXk
Daily Show:Foxsplained (Who is Ketanji Brown Jackson?)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qw0jU3yAISk
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Hooked_on_books I just loved this book. It‘s so unique, so good. 3mo
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vivastory @Hooked_on_books Agreed! I have read only one other Everett book. I will def be reading more. 3mo
BarbaraBB Wonderful review. This book taught me so much beside making me laugh out loud. Thanks for the links! 3mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB Thanks! If I recall correctly, you have read a few other books by Everett. Do you have any other favorites? 3mo
BarbaraBB I loved both Telephone (which I think you read too) and 3mo
batsy Nice review! I really should be reading everything he's written. I loved So Much Blue. 3mo
Megabooks Excellent review!! I can‘t believe it lost in the tob today. I‘ve gotten two more from Everett‘s backlist and plan to read one in April. 3mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB @batsy Thanks for the recommendation! Stacking So Much Blue. Looking forward to it 3mo
vivastory @Megabooks It's pretty surprising it lost, especially to a work that I thought was as so-so as Ishiguro's. I read Telephone last year & it's one of the books from last year's tob that has really stuck with me. 3mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I haven‘t heard of those! I have a copy though of 3mo
Chelsea.Poole Great review! About to finish this one myself. 3mo
Suet624 I was so upset that it lost in the TOB. It was my absolute favorite. Another book that I pass around to all my friends and insist that they read it. 3mo
vivastory @Suet624 Yep, this is why I don't get invested in the TOB. After seeing what happened with Transcendent Kingdom last year... 3mo
Suet624 However, if not for the TOB I might not have even read it. So there‘s that. 😀 3mo
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I just came across this recent news story that sadly reminds me of a scene in the tagged book:
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/he-was-a-detective-with-the-kcpd-and-he-still-...

Ruthiella Awful news story. I did like the scene in the book though. Amazing how Everett kept the balance between light and heavy in the novel. 3mo
vivastory @Ruthiella I agree about how well he manages the humor & the subject matter. It's very well handled. 3mo
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vivastory
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Started this weekend and now a little over 200 pages in.

BarbaraBB Can‘t wait to see your review! 3mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB I understand what all of the hype is about! 3mo
BarbaraBB I thought you would 😉 3mo
Megabooks Such a fantastic book! 3mo
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BarbaraBB
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Despite all the love and praise for Intimacies, it didn't stood a chance against The Trees, not in the real #ToB22 nor in our version. One more week to go, for now I wish you a happy weekend! Next week will be zombie 🧟‍♀️ 🧟‍♂️ time!

BkClubCare Relieved. Whew! 3mo
Suet624 Yippee! Thank you Barbara for everything. 3mo
Cinfhen I think we‘re looking at the tournament champ 😉 3mo
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BarbaraBB @Suet624 Very welcome 🤍 3mo
Megabooks I agree @Cinfhen !! Thank you @BarbaraBB this is so fun! 💜💜 3mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen I hope so! 🤞 3mo
Readerann I didn‘t pick The Trees, but am perfectly fine with it winning (if it does). If we do this again next year, I am determined to read more of the shortlist sooner! Thanks from me too, @BarbaraBB . 3mo
sarahbarnes The judge‘s verdict really resonated with me today. I felt similarly - Intimacies is the kind of book I love, but I felt like The Trees should win this one. 3mo
cariashley @sarahbarnes me too! Intimacies is so up my alley but I‘m really pleased to see The Trees advance. 3mo
Hooked_on_books Hooray for The Trees! What an incredible book! I was nervous reading the judgment today, not sure which way is was going to go. I was pretty sure we‘d go with The Trees, so I was less nervous about our vote. Now I‘m curious about what the zombies are going to be! 3mo
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes @Readerann I too loved Intimacies but unfortunately it met The Trees and that book was so unique.. like @Cinfhen says I think that‘ll be our winner. Although you never know, we‘ve got some good zombies returning in our tournament next week! @Hooked_on_books 3mo
4thhouseontheleft I'm hoping The Trees is the TOB Champ!
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BarbaraBB
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Matrix vs The Trees was a no brainer, both in our version of the #ToB22 and in the real one. Except for Meg, Margot and Gayla we all voted for The Trees, who many of us have predicted to take away this year's rooster. Hopefully the Zombie round will stir things up again!

merelybookish No surprise and The Trees is a worthy winner. I voted with my ♥️ for Matrix fully expecting it to lose. But hopefully it will come back as a zombie! 3mo
kwmg40 I liked Matrix a lot but I‘m hoping to see The Trees in the finals, so I‘m happy with the results. 3mo
squirrelbrain I agree @kwmg40 - Matrix was one of my favourites, but The Trees just edged it. 3mo
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sarahbarnes 💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽 Although I am on the list for Matrix from the library and am interested to read it. 3mo
Ruthiella I would love to see Everett win the 🐓 this year! 3mo
Hooked_on_books That‘s a relief! I loved Matrix but The Trees is just incredible. So glad it won it both places! 3mo
Readerann I loved The Trees, but will have to read The Matrix now. *goes off to place a library hold* 3mo
Well-ReadNeck My favorite for the win! Glad to see the strong showing 3mo
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BarbaraBB
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Although All‘s Well receives a lot of positive reviews, all of us (and that‘s a first) voted for The Trees today. The book seems a serious contender for this year‘s Rooster.
In the real #ToB22 The Trees came out as the winner too. According to the judge: “The Trees is the blackest black comedy I‘ve ever read, murderous and morally urgent, and unlike the claustrophobic All‘s Well, uncontainable.”
Let‘s wait and see if Awad makes a 🧟‍♀️ comeback!

Cinfhen I totally agree with the judges decision but I think choose the Awad as my zombie 🧟‍♀️, not that it‘s my favorite read but I felt it was up against a really tough contender. I‘m still rooting for the Lockwood but I do think Everett could take the rooster 🐔 4mo
merelybookish Also agree with the judge's decision! Awad's blurring of reality & magic make for such great stories but she hasn't figured out how to end them in a satisfying way. I also found the ending of The Trees a bit heavy handed but it is still a brilliant novel. 4mo
squirrelbrain I didn‘t get round to reading the Awad so can‘t make any comparisons, but The Trees is still my overall favourite. 3mo
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Well-ReadNeck I liked the Awad, but liked her earlier, Bunny, better. The Trees was my pick here, too. Both Awad and Everett are auto-read authors for me. Was an unfortunate first round draw for Awad, but I agree with the decision.
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Ruthiella Two of my favorites up against each other! 😬 But I totally support Everett‘s win here. I‘d like to see it take the 🐓 . 3mo
Readerann So happy The Trees is moving on! 3mo
Megabooks Yay!! 3mo
Hooked_on_books Yes, I want The Trees to win it all, too! So much so that I waited for today‘s verdict holding my breath. I was nervous! And how dare they take the weekend off! 😂 3mo
thebluestocking I really enjoyed both of these books, but I agree that The Trees could win the whole tournament. I don‘t think I‘ve ever read a book quite like it. (edited) 3mo
cariashley Oh shoot I thought I changed my vote to The Trees after I finally read it!! It was far and away my pick for this round ☺️ 3mo
BkClubCare I appreciated both of these ❤️ and am glad The Trees moves on 🌲 🌳 🌲 So now I dread the right side of the brackets - few favorites among this side; now it is a question of how will my bracket fare? 😂 3mo
Mindyrecycles I‘m so happy The Trees advances, but the judge was a little dismissive of All‘s Well. 😢 3mo
kwmg40 I'm very happy The Tree advances, but I'd love to see All's Well return as a zombie. 3mo
BarbaraBB @cariashley You DID change it, I just didn‘t notice. I‘m sorry and will edit the post! 3mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books How dare they 😂 3mo
BarbaraBB @BkClubCare I agree, the left and right side of the brackets feel very unbalanced ⚖️ 3mo
Suet624 @Hooked_on_books same here. 3mo
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The second week of the Morning News Tournament of Books opens today with All's Well vs. The Trees. If I'm being honest, neither of these books worked for me -- they're both purportedly comic novels that didn't make me laugh.

But I think that Percival Everett's The Trees -- a satire about racial violence -- is more successful than All's Well, Mona Awad's take on female pain and female anger.

Sophronisba And I could at least root for the protagonists in The Trees; I couldn't stand All's Well's Miranda, who was somehow both whiny and sociopathic.

So today I am pulling for The Trees.
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squirrelbrain
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Interesting article in today‘s Observer newspaper. It will be interesting to see the #tob outcome tomorrow, along with the judge‘s comments. I‘d like this book to win the tournament overall.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/mar/12/percival-everett-id-love-to-write-...

Suet624 I want The Trees to win it all too! So good. 4mo
Ruthiella I would also love to see this book take the Rooster! 🐓 4mo
thebluestocking I think Trees has the best shot of winning. I‘ll check out the article. Thanks for posting! 4mo
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sarahbarnes Agreed - it‘s so good! Thanks for sharing. 4mo
cariashley Great article! This book is so, so excellent. Thanks for the tag! 4mo
BarbaraBB I love that he always returns to 4mo
Megabooks Thanks for the link! 4mo
Hooked_on_books I look forward to reading this. I want this one to win, too! It‘s absolutely incredible! 4mo
Mindyrecycles Love it! “I‘m happy to say I‘ve pissed off a lot of people for my stereotyping of the white characters. Someone in an interview [objected] and my response was: “Good, how does it feel?”” 4mo
squirrelbrain I loved that part too! @Mindyrecycles 4mo
Readerann Interesting interview! Thx for the tag. 3mo
kwmg40 Great article! Thanks for the tag. 3mo
rockpools In case you‘re interested… Influx have a sale of Percival Everett‘s backlist at the mo: https://www.influxpress.com/shop?category=SALE 3mo
squirrelbrain New books?! @rockpools Always interested…. Off to check it out now! Thank you! 😘 (edited) 3mo
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Spending this rainy Saturday (upgrade from snow) trying to catch up on some #TOB titles now that my library holds have come. Several People are Typing is funny, but The Trees seems like a possible contender.

BarbaraBB Enjoy, it‘s so good! I hope you‘ll finish it before tomorrow 😅 4mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB It moves pretty quickly! I should be able to finish before tomorrow's ruling. 🙂 4mo
BarbaraBB That is fast! 4mo
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Addison_Reads
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I saved this #ToB22 title for last because it seemed to be the favorite by many.

This is a true work of genius. It's impactful, humorous, and full of rich characters and history. Trying to explain to others why your laughing at a book about Emmett Till's murder is a bit weird, but definitely worth it.

Loved this one. 💛

Megabooks Great review! 💯💯 4mo
merelybookish Yes! I just finished today and am marveling how such a gruesome subject could be light. 4mo
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kwmg40
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This is my favourite of the 13 #ToB22 books I've read so far. Absolutely brilliant! It's a darkly humorous and horrific story that is connected to the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till in Mississippi.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Suet624 My favorite of the TOB too. I‘ve been passing this book around to all my friends. 4mo
paperwitchs Definitely have to add to my TBr 4mo
BarbaraBB One of my two favorites too! 4mo
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Ruthiella Definitely at the top of my list! 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
jlhammar Yes! I'm hoping this one wins. 4mo
kwmg40 @Suet624 @BarbaraBB @Ruthiella @jlhammar Yes, this seems to be the #ToB22 favourite! I loved Telephone from last year's list too.

@paperwitchs I hope you love it as much as I did!

@TheAromaofBooks Thanks for stopping by!
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BarbaraBB I loved Telephone too last year. And also 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 4mo
kwmg40 @BarbaraBB So Much Blue is on my TBR list! 4mo
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Jas16
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Even with all of the love it has received on Litsy I didn‘t expect to feel so strongly about this book- trying to cram in a few pages while I ate lunch at work, texting people when I was only half way through to tell them they had to read it. It made me squirm. It made me laugh. It made me sad and angry and irritated. So many books I read and know I will soon have forgotten their details. This is not one of them.

BarbaraBB Great review. Glad it lived up to your expectations! 4mo
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Happy TOB Eve! So excited for tomorrow.

I hope The Trees takes it all, I hope The Sentence wins tomorrow but I will be fine if Cope makes it through, too. #TOB22 #TOB2022

Mindyrecycles Can‘t wait can‘t wait!! 4mo
BkClubCare @Mindyrecycles - squeeeee! 4mo
AFridayFriend I‘m excited for you! LOL 4mo
Readerann I‘m excited, too! Just starting The Sentence, but hoping it wins the play-in just because it‘s Erdrich. 4mo
BkClubCare @Readerann - I have The Sentence zombie-ing so whatever happens can be overcome. 🧟‍♀️ 4mo
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This is from the Pen/Faulkner Longlist. I could have read it in one sitting it was super good! A fast paced mystery: white men linked to past lynchings start getting murdered in ritualistic fashion. The author kept me on the edge of my seat and surprisingly, despite the seriousness, made me laugh with his dry humor many times.

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March Spin Bingo! I have failed epically January and February but I‘ve got great intentions for this month! 😜

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Every month is a fresh start!! 4mo
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ImperfectCJ
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I liked this novel enough that I read it on my phone when I couldn't get it to load to my e-reader. The character names are a little too cutesy/punny at times and there are enough typos to be distracting, but this book provides an interesting answer to the question of how we as a country can atone for and move forward from centuries of white supremacy. #ToB2022

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Addison_Reads
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
Addison_Reads I'm replacing The School for Good Mothers with 4mo
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cariashley
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Incendiary is how I would describe this book. It‘s aggressive, disturbing and uncomfortable in a most necessary way. It‘s an incredibly effective method to convey the urgency of the message. And the (many!!) character names are absolutely brilliant. A strong contender for #tob22! 17 of 18 done for me.

ClairesReads Great description! I thought this was incredible also! 4mo
jlhammar Such a great book! I would not be sad if this won the tournament of books. 4mo
Ruthiella Incendiary! 🔥 This is my pick to win. 4mo
4thhouseontheleft This is my pick to win! 4mo
Megabooks I think this is the only book everyone has liked! 4mo
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ReadingEnvy
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My penultimate book from the Tournament of Books shortlist, and I had to reread the end before I weighed in. This is an engaging read, about mysterious deaths in the town of Money, Mississippi, and they seem to be related to racist killings from previous generations. The white sheriff's department comes up against two Black MBI agents as they try to figure out what's happening.↘️

ReadingEnvy There is satire in the sense that many characters have funny names and some have argued that the white people are written to the extreme but... I don't know that they are. I appreciated that the satire was there but not everything. ↘️ 4mo
ReadingEnvy My reason for rereading the ending was this feeling that it ended abruptly and it does, but I liked the little turn a few chapters from the end featuring Trump, basically, giving a speech about how he never uses the "n" word while frequently using it.

It should be an interesting one to discuss in the tournament!
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lele1432 I LOVE his satire!! I really need to read more of his work. Percival is great at his craft. 4mo
BarbaraBB One of my favorite ToB contenders. Looking forward to the discussion! 4mo
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Addison_Reads
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#ToB2022

For those who have read these books, which one should I buy?

These are the last 3 I need to read for the TOB shortlist. I can only purchase one at this time, so which was your favorite?

Mindyrecycles Trees all the way! 5mo
Addison_Reads @Mindyrecycles That's the one I'm leaning towards. Thank you! 5mo
Megabooks NOITAT was 5⭐️ for me, but everyone has loved Trees and it was 4.5⭐️ both excellent books! 5mo
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Mindyrecycles @Megabooks I DNF No One in summer but am going to give it another shot. 🙂 To be fair I haven‘t tried Typing yet but I will. I just loved Trees so much. 5mo
jlhammar I haven't read Several People are Typing yet, but between the Lockwood and the Everett I'd go with The Trees. 5mo
Addison_Reads @Megabooks @jlhammar thank you both! I'm going to go with The Trees and hopefully my library will get the other two soon. 5mo
vivastory I have No One Is Talking About This. I can send it your way if you like... 5mo
Addison_Reads @vivastory Scott that's such a kind offer. I'd return it once I'm finished if you don't mind letting me borrow it. ☺ 5mo
vivastory No worries. It's yours to do what you want with. I really enjoyed it, I'm happy to pass it along. Email me your address vivastory26 gmail 5mo
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Hooked_on_books
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Nothing that I say about this book could possibly do it justice. It is, in a word, brilliant.

rockpools I‘m seeing a lot of love for this! 5mo
Ruthiella Agree! 5mo
squirrelbrain I loved this too! 5mo
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BarbaraBB Agree too! 5mo
AmyG I was fascinated by this book. Very good. 5mo
jlhammar Yes, totally agree! 5mo
Megabooks 💯💯 5mo
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jlhammar
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So good! I‘ll definitely be rooting for this one in the upcoming #tob.

KCofKaysville @jlhammar Liked your pun! 😀 5mo
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Readerann
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I laughed out loud several times despite the gruesome scenes. I suppose I have a soft spot for dark humor. I will also add that it‘s heartbreaking.
#ToB2022

thebluestocking I‘m glad you liked this one. I did too, though some of the descriptions of violence were a bit much for me. 😳 5mo
BarbaraBB One of my favorites for this year‘s tournament 5mo
Ruthiella Probably my top pick for the TOB this year. 5mo
Readerann @thebluestocking I agree the violence was almost too much. 5mo
Readerann @BarbaraBB @Ruthiella Since I won‘t have time to read them all, I‘m glad I didn‘t leave this one out! 5mo
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squirrelbrain
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Well, this was completely unexpected. I‘m in awe of how the author managed to make a comedic novel about racism and lynchings in the Deep South; and the dark comedy just serves to make the message so much stronger.

I‘ve not read anything else by this author and now I want to read *everything*.

The Lockwood was my favourite on the list, but I read that what feels like years ago, so now I‘m torn as to whether this overtakes it….

Hooked_on_books I just picked up my library hold for this one yesterday and look forward to diving in. I have also not read him before. And what a cute puppy face! 🐶💚 5mo
BarbaraBB I feel the same! About the Lockwood (so long ago!) and about Percival. I read three of his books and all are great! 5mo
Suet624 I think my review is remarkably similar to yours. 🤣🤣 5mo
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Megabooks Fantastic review! This is an incredible book and I ordered another by him. 5mo
Ruthiella I totally agree that Everett‘s skill here in balancing the humor and the brutality of racism and America‘s history is genius here. 5mo
kwmg40 This one is on my to-read stack. Glad to see your positive review. I loved Everett's Telephone from last year's ToB. 5mo
youneverarrived I‘ve only read this one but it‘s great 5mo
Caroline2 Sounds awesome. Stacked. 😉 and how cute is Henry!!! 😍 5mo
squirrelbrain I already have that one stacked @youneverarrived - probably from your review. I really want to try this one too… 5mo
Readerann That face! 🐶 ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
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Sophronisba
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This book is _wild_ and I have no idea where it is going. #morningreads

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Sophronisba
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“I hate murder more than just about anything,” said Sheriff Red Jetty. “It can just ruin a day.”

“Because it‘s such a waste of life?” the coroner, Reverend Cad Fondle, asked.

“No, it‘s because it‘s a mess.”

#morningreads

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Suet624
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I love when a book knocks me sideways. I love finding an author I've never read who moves & intrigues me so much that I need to find all of their previous books immediately. This just, for now at least, rocketed to the top of my favored #TOB22 shortlist. An ultimate revenge novel for the sins of this country's past served with just the kind of humor that I like. I went in knowing nothing about the story and I'm happy I did. (Who did I not tag?)

BarbaraBB Exactly that! Great review. Tagging @thebluestocking @Flaneurette @sarahbarnes @Ruthiella 🤍 (edited) 5mo
thebluestocking @BarbaraBB Thanks for the tag! 5mo
thebluestocking I loved this one too, though it was a little graphic on the violence for me. I hope it has legs in the Tournament! 5mo
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Suet624 @BarbaraBB Thanks for tagging those folks, Barbara. I'd lost track! 5mo
4thhouseontheleft Yes!! After I get through the #tobshortlist books, I really want to read more of Everett‘s. 5mo
Megabooks I cannot believe this is in such a strong quadrant. But a truly excellent book. Telephone made me think last year, and now I‘ve ordered another of his books. 5mo
Flaneurette @BarbaraBB thanks for the tag! Yep, I loved this one too. So far this and Intimacies are my favorites in the TOB that I‘ve read. 5mo
Suet624 @Megabooks @4thhouseontheleft I just saw that my library has Telephone, so I'll be seeking that once I finish more of the TOB books. :) (edited) 5mo
Suet624 @thebluestocking The book I read before this one had quite a few violent scenes so this one felt a bit tame in comparison. :) 5mo
BarbaraBB @Flaneurette Mine too. And Subdivision! 5mo
Cinfhen Great review! This book has a good chance of making it into the finals!! You do know the whole mystique of Telephone, Sue?? He wrote & published the book with 3 different endings. So last year part of the fun was comparing endings. I can‘t remember if we found all 3 @BarbaraBB @BkClubCare @Ruthiella ??? 5mo
Cinfhen Definitely 2/3!!! And they were quite different 5mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen I think we only got 2/3! 😢 5mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella @Cinfhen I think we got all three! 5mo
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ClairesReads
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I think what Everett does here is very clever, and important. It‘s not quite satirical but VERY darkly comedic and at times this is uncomfortable in a way that I have no doubt Everett intends it to be. I think to say much about the plot is to ruin a reading experience for a potential reader, but this story is one which examines American history, and particularly Southern society past and present with a very critical, unflinching eye.

BkClubCare Yes. Great review 6mo
BarbaraBB Well said. Such a special book. 6mo
Suet624 Fantastic review. I‘ve just finished it and have no idea what to write for a review. Like you‘ve said, it‘s best to go in and experience it on your own. It‘s a stunner. 5mo
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ClairesReads @Suet624 glad you enjoyed it as well. It is super tricky to review, but I felt it was so cleverly done. There are so many different layers and each contribute differently to Everett‘s critique 5mo
ClairesReads @BarbaraBB I thought so too! 5mo
ClairesReads @BkClubCare thank you 🙏🏻 5mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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Review in my previous post, but this was also my selection for this photo. #aestheticallymatched @Clwojick

Clwojick Awesome! One of my favourite pictures of the bunch! ❤️❤️ 6mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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I was not expecting Tarantino level gore mixed with slapstick comedy in a novel that takes aim at White supremacy, racism, and the legacy of lynchings. This book is quite unlike any other I‘ve read, and I thought it was fantastic.

You will notice names on the cover. Those names fill a chapter as well. A chapter that should be read aloud.

#tob #tobshortlist
#booked2022 #murdermystery

TheLibrarian I‘m excited to read this! 6mo
Ruthiella Totally agree. I loved the mash up and the message in this book. 6mo
CSeydel Percival Everett is such a unique voice. I want to read this one now! I loved 6mo
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BarbaraBB Well said. I loved it too. It‘s my favorite on the shortlist so far. 6mo
BarbaraBB @CSeydel I‘ll check out Erasure. I want to read his backlist too. I loved Telephone and So Much Blue! 6mo
Cinfhen Excellent review❤️ 6mo
squirrelbrain Great review - really looking forward to this one. 6mo
Cathythoughts Sounds interesting! I have this one stacked 6mo
4thhouseontheleft @TheLibrarian it‘s getting a lot of Litsy love! @Ruthiella he‘s an excellent writer, funny yet still a blistering critique. 6mo
4thhouseontheleft @CSeydel @barbaraBB I‘m definitely going to read more of his books! 6mo
thebluestocking I wasn‘t expecting it either! I really loved the writing and themes. And while I see that the gore was integral, it was a bit much for me. 6mo
ClairesReads Isn‘t this book incredible?! 6mo
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This book is fantastic. Definitely my favorite #TOB book so far. I wish I had more reading time so I could finish it!

Ruthiella Definitely a fan favorite among TOB readers! I thought it was fantastic. 6mo
Flaneurette My favorite of the tournament too! So far anyway 6mo
BarbaraBB My favorite too so far! 6mo
Megabooks It‘s fantastic! Really thought provoking. 6mo
Suet624 Now my favorite as well. It‘s stunning. 5mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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#bookandbreakfast

I‘m really enjoying this #tobshortlist book so far. As long as I have enough reading time, I‘m hoping to fly through this one today. It‘s my first time reading Everett, and I really love his style.

squirrelbrain I just got this the other day…I‘m really looking forward to it. Enjoy! 6mo
Megabooks This was pretty fast paced for me and I loved it! I hope you have the time to finish today. 👍🏻 6mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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Bad lighting, but here‘s my last minute #bookspin list! Filled with #tob, #booked2022 and other challenge books!

sprainedbrain Prodigal Summer! 😍 6mo
4thhouseontheleft @sprainedbrain it‘s one of the few Kingsolver books I haven‘t read yet! And it fills quite a few challenge prompts…😂 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 6mo
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BarbaraBB
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#12BooksOf2021

I am sharing my almost-favorites of the year. The ones who didn‘t make my #Top21Of21 but are favorites nevertheless. One for each month.

My #November choice is The Trees, the new Percival that I hadn‘t even heard of but that appeared on the #ToB22 shortlist. And he delivers again. So good.

Megabooks Agreed! I think this is going to be my fourth favorite tob book. 👍🏻 6mo
andrew61 Seen a lot of mentions for this one. I tried the author for the first time this year so will try and find trees. 6mo
Andrew65 Looks good. 6mo
BarbaraBB @andrew61 I hope you‘ll find it. It‘s a very good read. 6mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Yay! 🤍 6mo
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Ruthiella
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Now I know what other readers are raving about. This book made me laugh and at the end, cry. A modern horror story built upon the travesty of justice which allowed Emmet Till‘s murderers to walk away scot free. #ToB #ToB2022

Megabooks I love how this book fits in a lot of categories: humor, horror, literary, a bit historical. I can see why it‘s been such a hit among us. 6mo
BarbaraBB Glad you‘re one of the ravers now too 😃 6mo
Ruthiella @Megabooks Absolutely! Everett is such a talented writer. 6mo
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Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I‘m glad to be part of the club! 6mo
sarahbarnes Glad you loved it! ❤️ 6mo
Ruthiella @sarahbarnes I really want to read Everett‘s backlist now! (edited) 6mo
BarbaraBB Haven‘t you read Telephone last year? I loved that one too. And also 6mo
Cinfhen Wonderful review ♥️ 6mo
squirrelbrain I think I just need to splash out on this one…. I can only get it on Amazon at the moment for (ca. Sounds like it‘s worth it though? 6mo
Cathythoughts This sounds great 👍 stacking 6mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB Yes, I‘m already chipping away at his back catalog. I‘ve read those two and also 6mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thanks 😊 6mo
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain There‘s usually at least one book I end up having to buy to be a completist! This year it‘s 6mo
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts I hope you like it Cathy! 6mo
BarbaraBB Is Erasure Good? 6mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I liked it, but found it very different from his other books. I think it‘s more cerebral than what I‘ve read so far and I didn‘t “get” all the references. 6mo
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BkClubCare
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I read the entire list of names out loud.

BarbaraBB 💔 6mo
Cinfhen That list was so powerful. 6mo
sarahbarnes 💔 6mo
Ruthiella Now I know why. Very moving. 6mo
Kimzey 🐕❤️ 6mo
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stretchkev
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An amazingly good dark humor revenge tale from a societal perspective.

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BkClubCare
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Starting this tonight! Just picking it up from the library. #tob2022

BarbaraBB Can‘t wait for your thoughts. It‘s quite the read! 6mo
sarahbarnes Excited to hear what you think! 6mo
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Mindyrecycles
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#tob22 progress report such as it is! 😂 Read 2 and The Sentence and Libertie are in progress. I loved both Klara and Trees but Sentence got my zombie vote even though I‘m not finished. 😬 It‘s so great thus far that I took a leap of faith that it will hold up for me. I have 11 days off at the end of the month and expect to get lots of tob reading in. 🌲

Ruthiella I have the week just before Christmas off and hope to read a lot more for the ToB then! I‘m looking forward to the Erdrich. I loved The Night Watchman. 7mo
Flaneurette The sentence was my zombie vote too 6mo
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sarahbarnes
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This book is a powerful commentary on racial violence toward people of color in this country. It is raw and takes the issue head on in an unexpected way that makes for a riveting story. #ToB2022

Suet624 I‘m tapping my toes waiting for the library hold to come in. 7mo
sarahbarnes @Suet624 I hope it comes in soon! I‘m in that same boat with a few books at the moment. 7mo
Ruthiella Among TOB readers, anecdotally at least, this looks like a favorite...but let‘s see how the judges react. 7mo
BarbaraBB I loved this one! 7mo
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BarbaraBB
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I didn‘t realize the origin of The Trees was a non fiction story. Makes it ever worse. And in the news again. Read this book! #tob22

https://www.npr.org/2021/12/06/1061945195/emmett-till-investigation-closed-justi...

Megabooks Yes, it is/was a huge story here. 7mo
peaknit Thank you for sharing the link. 7mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I had no idea… I now see Bob Dylan wrote a song about him too 🤦🏻‍♀️ 7mo
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tpixie Thanks for sharing 💔💝❤️‍🩹 7mo
Megabooks Hey, you‘re not American! You had no way of knowing, but I‘m glad the book encouraged you to dig deeper. His murder is emblematic of a sad and shameful part of American history. (edited) 7mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Thanks ❤️. Everett is heavily opinionated and he is extremely insulting towards people from Mississippi - I wonder what you‘ll think. 7mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Yaaaas! This novel about retribution has the satiric edge of other recent novels like The Sellout or Black Buck, but with more revenge fantasy satisfaction. I think I may have found my zombie for #ToB22

BarbaraBB It‘s my zombie too! So good! 7mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I‘ve not even read it yet but I picked it to zombie! 😂 7mo
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BarbaraBB
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#BookReport 48/21

This week was all about the #ToBLonglist. I finished these two books and I was deeply impressed by the tagged one. Happy it made the shortlist.
The Other Black Girl has a unique concept but lacked balance in its execution.

Megabooks Seems I need to buy The Trees! 7mo
BarbaraBB I guess so. Be prepared though for the violence and brutality!! 🤍 @Megabooks (edited) 7mo
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