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Native Son
Native Son | Richard Wright
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TheFaeWays
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Mehso-so

This book made a lot of really good points regarding race and class and for that it will always be an important novel in the canon, but in my opinion it drips with misogyny and I am not a fan of misogynist literature.

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Allthingsbooks
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This was an assigned reading....ended up being a favorite of mine. Great story.

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Nute
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#30JuneBooks - N: Bleak circumstances - utter poverty, hopelessness, despair, powerlessness, obscurity, inadequate education, disconnectedness, underserved, terrorized existence...what is the inevitable outcome of a life lived here? No one wants to know this naked truth. No one wants to see this Native Son. Richard Wright put an unapologetic slice of real life right in front of us. Unpleasant to read...Hard to swallow...the ugly truth usually is!

Bookwomble Yep, that sums up my feeling about this book - The agonisingly inevitable outcome of circumstance. You can see the tragic outcome a mile off, and I kept muttering, "No, no" under my breath as I was reading. Powerful writing which puts you through an emotional grinder. 7mo
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Cherriij
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I didn't know I was really alive in this world until I felt things hard enough to kill for 'em...

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Mixed feelings but it‘s definitely a book I would recommend. Bigger Thomas is a young black man struggling with poverty in 1930s Chicago. He commits a brutal crime and almost gets away with it. It‘s hard to root for a murderer and rapist, but that‘s kind of the point of the book. Wright‘s prose gets so deep into his protagonist‘s experience and feelings that the book is often hard to read and I went through so many different emotions.

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Reading through the trial in Native Son, I‘ve been wondering why Mr Boris Max isn‘t spoken of in the same breath as Atticus Finch. Looks like it may have something to do with the fact that this section of the book was quite reduced in the original and subsequent editions. I‘m reading a restored version of the text from 1991. #modernlibrarytop100

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This courtroom scene is blowing my mind in more ways than one. Bigger Thomas‘s crime is a serious one, but this also made me gasp.

#modernlibrarytop100

Texreader Yikes!! What a courtroom demonstration!! 8mo
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KellyHunsakerReads
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I waited a long time for my turn to listen to this #audiobook. So far I love it.

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EmilieGR
Native Son | Richard A Wright
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Horrifying magic

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twohectobooks
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Just getting into my new #modernlibrarytop100 read. It‘s very long and I have a few inklings of what to expect. Already liking it more than Henderson the Rain King.

AmyG Richard Wright is so good. Black Boy is one of my most favorite booksof his. 9mo
twohectobooks @AmyG I‘ve never read any of his work before! Only 40 pages in to this one but I think I‘ll end up liking it. 9mo
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Torn between all the stuff I should be doing today and just wanting to keep reading for another hour or two.

(#catsoflitsy)

rretzler 😻 I am also, but reading (and Litsy) have won! 9mo
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SW-T
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If you haven‘t read the book or seen the movie, there are spoilers in the article.

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2019/04/hbos-native-son-integr...

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notreallyelaine
Native Son | Richard Wright
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What stood out to me most is how little has changed in Chicago in almost a century. All the wealth is still extracted from the south + west sides and concentrated in fortified white enclaves. The city is still starkly and intentionally segregated, and those who maintain its segregation still blame their victims. Poor kids still grow up in cramped, cold, roach- and rat-infested apartments while their landlords get richer! This book made me angry.

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Emjoy21
Native Son | Richard Wright

“An outright lynching would be more honest than a ‘mock trial‘!”

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Bookladylinda
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Took a short walk after work today. We are supposed to get a winter mix at about midday tomorrow with rain starting at 7:00am. Will probably work from home tomorrow to avoid the drama of it all. 🤦🏾‍♀️ #litsywalkers. #audiowalking

DarcysMom Glad you could get a walk in before the weather comes. 😁 12mo
Kaye Great to get out while you can ! 12mo
Reviewsbylola It‘s been raining here all evening and I‘m sure it will be frozen here by morning. 😑 12mo
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Wife 🌹 12mo
RachelO Urgh. Stay warm! 12mo
Bookladylinda @Darcysmom me too, it was too cold today and I wasn‘t up to it, maybe tomorrow. 🤔 12mo
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Bookladylinda
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Started this one today. Can you believe that I‘ve never read it before!?!?! Thought I should read it before the movie is released - January 24th

TiredLibrarian I remember this as being a really difficult read in some ways, but it's stayed with me through the years. Very powerful. 12mo
Bookladylinda @TiredLibrarian it is definitely a hard read. 🙁 12mo
JLaurenceCohen Buckle up 12mo
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JLaurenceCohen
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Yale's Beinecke Library

RaimeyGallant Beautiful. 13mo
Amiable Do you live in CT? I work at the hospital in New Haven, just a few blocks from here. 13mo
JLaurenceCohen @Amiable nah, in Atlanta. I was up at the Beinecke doing some research on Zora Neale Hurston. 13mo
Amiable It's a beautiful library. I feel lucky to be able to visit often! 13mo
tournevis Was there on a research trip once and it was sooooo great! 13mo
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Brotatofarm
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“It taught me it‘s your right to hate me, Bigger. I see now that you couldn‘t do anything else but that. It was all you had.”
(Quotes are from two different characters but I found both to be powerful. Native Son is excellent, complex, and radical even today.)

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sprainedbrain
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I went in to this book blind and was completely blown away. The story of Bigger Thomas is powerful and unsettling. This book is about institutional racism, fear, and hate. Challenging subject matter, but a very accessible writing style. My heart hurts because while things have improved in this country since the 1930s, it‘s clear that we still have a long way to go. The last part of this book wrecked me. 😞

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#1001books

Angitron I remember reading this a long time ago and loving it. Time for a reread! 14mo
sprainedbrain @Angitron I don‘t understand how I‘ve never read it before... who was in charge of my high school and college curriculum? 😬 14mo
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hwestfall
Native Son | Richard A Wright
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This book was so crazy. I was filled with anxiety the entire time that I read it. I didn't want to keep going but did all at the same time. It's hard to say for sure if I liked the book or not. Would I recommend it to others? Yes, but it's not a book that is enjoyable. I think the only other book I have read that I felt this way at the end was The Handmaid's Tale.

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hwestfall
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Oh my goodness, this book! I feel so anxious as I am listening to it. All of Bigger's fear, anxiety, and anger is palpable to me. I don't want to keeping listening but do all at the same time.

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Lcsmcat
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This classic set in #Chicago has moved up on my TBR due to the #100EssentialNovels poster my sister gave me. #augustisatrip @vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I have the same scratch off poster. 😊 1y
vkois88 👍👍👍 1y
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wlivengood
Native Son | Richard Wright
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This may not sit well with some people but that‘s their problem. I am appalled by the treatment of African Americans. Our constitution states “ that we are all created equal.” Tell me why this stuff still goes on please.

CarolynM Welcome to Litsy👋🙂 1y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 👍🏻📖 1y
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LitTraveler
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My $1.20 book haul and the newest member to my home, Winnie!

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hayinas7
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Set in Chicago in the 1930‘s, Native Son by Richard Wright tells the story of Bigger Thomas, a young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a white woman in a brief moment of panic. I must say this book is a masterpiece! A Black man has gone into the “White Man‘s World”, committed an unspeakable crime and gets away with it. This book has many raw and disturbing moments; however, those moments cause you to think and reflect.

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hwestfall
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Here is my #fivestack from the Salvation Army yesterday. I am pretty excited about my finds. #ReadingResolutions @Jess7

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Leftcoastzen
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#OldCoolBooks #dustjackets when you find the oldies you never know if the dust jacket will be in good shape and protected like the Cary or scuffed and dinged up like the Wright . Love them both anyway.

Linsy So true! 2y
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Lcsmcat
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@RachaelusGilkinius Thanks! Wright has been on my TBR for quite awhile. Love the card!

RachaelusGilkinius @Lcsmcat, thanks for posting! He‘s a bit of a cheat since he wasn‘t born in NYC, but I am glad it inspired you. (edited) 2y
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Rumpelakilskin
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Read Outsider and loved it. Now on to this one!

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Mindyrecycles
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Absolute masterpiece. #writtenbyapocauthor #febinbooks18

MayJasper Great cover 2y
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readsusieread
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Hour 36 challenge for the #24in48 readathon is to show the first and last books on our shelves. I like this pairing!
@24in48

Bry Nice! I shelve my books alphabetically by author‘s last name but I got a couple of those Harper Olive Editions this year and kind of want to get more and keep them all shelved together. 🤓 2y
readsusieread @Bry I organize similarly! But I keep all those Olive editions together (organized by color) because they look so nice together! 2y
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cobwebmoth
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I hate to disappoint you, Mr. Wright, but my eyes did well up with tears a couple of times. The writing in this book is brilliant. The first two parts have such a feeling of suspense and dread that they could rival any newer suspense novels. The third part gets to the heart of the issues. I'm so glad I read this book.
TW: rape and violence
#Booked2018 #POCAuthor @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft #Litsyclassics #LetterN @Sarah83

Cinfhen Great review and congrats on your prompt ❣️❣️❣️ 2y
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MoniqueReads305
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Bailedbailed

I've been going back and forth about bailing on this book for awhile. I'm listening to the audiobook which is over 17 hours long and I'm only at hour 8. I've even thought about switching to the book version. Because honestly, it's not bad but I just don't have the motivation to finish it. I'm just sort of "meh" about the whole thing.

Maybe I'll come back to it one day but for now nope, not happening.

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MoniqueReads305
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I'm enjoying listening to Native Son but it's a long one. And while the narrator Peter Francis James is excellent, he is slow. Which I understand considering the book but I wish it was a bit faster. I'm just now reaching the halfway point at almost 7 hours and 30 minutes.

Do you listen to audiobooks at normal speed? Or do you speed them up?

#audiobook #currentlyreading #currentlylistening #amreading #amlistening #classics #africanamericanlit

Bookzombie Usually I listen to them at normal speed. If I feel like the narrator is slow, I will try speeding it up. Sometimes it‘s great and sometimes I have to go back to normal speed. 2y
MoniqueReads305 @Bookzombie I'm a normal speed listener, also. Speeding up audiobooks makes it sounds rushed but I'm wondering if that changes with time. 2y
Karkar I listen to all my audiobooks at 1.25x. It seems too slow to me now to listen regular speed. 2y
MoniqueReads305 @Karkar I think I might have to train my way to get use to listening at 1.25x. Each time I try I turn it back to 1x after a couple of minutes 2y
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MoniqueReads305
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Listening to Native Son on my commute to work. This is going to be a long one.
#currentlyreading #audiobook #amreading

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ValerieAndBooks
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A must-read. I don‘t know where to begin with reviewing this thought-provoking, fast-paced but purposeful, novel about a young black man named Bigger Thomas who committed murders and how the system and culture treated him before and after. Sympathy isn‘t attempted by the author strictly for Bigger, but attempts to show the attitude and mentality between races. Still a long way to go 77 years later. #LitsyAtoZ Letter W #bannedbook #1001books

ValerieAndBooks Also I see from my LibraryThing database that this novel had been in my TBR for about 7 years. I wish I had gotten to it sooner. But thanks to #LitsyAtoZ I finally did! 2y
batsy This has been on my TBR for too long. Great review. 2y
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ValerieAndBooks
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This novel was published in 1940 and takes place in Chicago.

Libby1 💔 2y
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ValerieAndBooks
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This AM, I felt I should get back on track soon with my #birthdaychallenge, and fell into an internet rabbit hole that paused when I saw mention of my current read.

Books published in 1978 ➡️ 1970s authors ➡️women writers of 70s ➡️ feminist writers ➡️ led to this interesting 1986 article which also mentions Wright‘s Native Son.

And I still haven‘t found a 1978 book that I want to read. Any recommendations?

Link to article⬇️

ValerieAndBooks P.S. thoughts on this article welcomed as well! 2y
drokka Not sure how interested you are in a doorstop but was published in 1978. 2y
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KimHM If you want dystopia/ horror, you can't miss with The Stand. If you want literary, The World According to Garp is pretty great. If you want a mystery/thriller there's John D. Macdonald's Travis McGee outing The Empty Copper Sea. 2y
ValerieAndBooks @drokka thanks for the recommendation! I‘ll look it up — I don‘t mind doorstoppers in general but have to be in the mood for it 😊 2y
Liz_M Is excellent. My only reservation in recommending it is that it probably is her best work and perhaps not an ideal starting point if you have not read anything else by her. Also Munro's The Beggar Maid. 2y
ValerieAndBooks @KimHM thanks for the good suggestions! Is The Empty Copper Sea Part of a series? I haven‘t read The Stand — I like dystopian sometimes but not gory horror— which does King focus more on in this novel? And I hate to admit I‘ve bailed on John Irving several times, including Garp. I‘ve only liked his 2y
ValerieAndBooks @Liz_M I just now saw those two in the 1001 Books 😊. I‘m really glad they‘re arranged by chronological publication order. What‘ll probably happen is I‘ll make a list of some 1978 books and whatever I find used first will be what I‘ll try first. I appreciate your recommendations— thanks! 2y
KimHM Yes, @ValerieAndBooks, Copper Sea is one of MacDonald's Travis McGee mystery novels (they all have a color in the title). The Stand is probably King's least gory novel. I wouldn't even call it "horror" if I were making the categories ? 2y
ValerieAndBooks Thanks @KimHM ! I‘ll take a look at them. 2y
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UrsulaMonarch
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Great display of #bannedbooks (and challenged ones) at #SFPL !

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ValerieAndBooks
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First, made coffee in my banned books mug from @outofprint . Second, realized that this week is banned books week. Third, went over to my W authors in my TBR to pick something out for #LitsyAtoZ. Finally, realized that Native Son has been a banned book. Choice made! Www.ala.org for the graphic on the left plus more info. Any of you reading banned book(s) this week?

DivineDiana Perfect! Unfortunately only Book Club reads. Perhaps one is a banned book?!? Need to check? 2y
AmyG I love Richard Wright so much. Black Boy is one of my most favorite books. 2y
KVanRead @AmyG My daughter's going to read Black Boy in junior English this year and I'm thinking I'll join her. 2y
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AmyG @KVanRead I read this when I was around 14-15? This was the first book to ever blow my mind...to have changed me. I lived quite the sheletered life. You should read it with her...definitely. 2y
ValerieAndBooks @DivineDiana A lot of books have been banned at some point and somewhere...so maybe! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @AmyG @KVanRead I love reading along whatever my kids are reading for school (even if I personally hate the book)! They have not ever been required to read Richard Wright (yet). I think I‘ll want to read Black Boy eventually. 2y
KVanRead @ValerieAndBooks @AmyG I love doing that too, especially when it's a book I've always meant to read. In 9th grade English she had to pick someone to do a book club read&discuss and she picked me! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @KVanRead that is so awesome that your daughter picked you 💖! @AmyG 2y
LauraJ So, next up is "x". What are you going to read? I'm considering 2y
ValerieAndBooks @LauraJ I have this one, which recently I found at an used bookstore. I hope I won‘t need to bail on it because I have no backup X! 2y
LauraJ @ValerieAndBooks Seems Chinese authors or Malcolm X are pretty much the only choices. 2y
ValerieAndBooks @LauraJ I agree. I almost did consider Malcolm X (who was not the sole author anyway), but haven‘t found it yet (don‘t want to buy new right now). I still would like to read it eventually. 2y
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enidkeaner
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This is a fricken masterpiece.

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librariankris
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Loved visiting this cute shop with a great selection of regional titles in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Bette That looks inviting. Are you buying me things? 😂🤣 2y
librariankris @Bette I bought a new book from MS author - left it in the car. 😗 Will take a pic tomorrow. 2y
SilversReviews Looks so cute. 2y
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librariankris @SilversReviews Sure is. And there's a great coffee shop next door. 📚☕️💕 2y
SilversReviews @librariankris 😎😎☕️☕️ 2y
Vihrig Love MS, this book surprised me in its content. 2y
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Hollie
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For the #americanboy prompt for #lyricalapril I went with Native Son. Wright's work deals with the struggles of a young African American male, growing up on urban Chicago in the 1930s. It's a reflection on race and poverty and the challenges of being black in America under the entrenched system of racist Jim Crow laws.

Cinfhen Such an important book to highlight 💙 3y
OhNoMersault Incredible book. 3y
Hollie Thank you @Cinfhen these are fun prompts! 3y
Hollie @OhNoMersault for sure! 3y
Cinfhen I'm so happy you've been playing along! Hope you'll continue with #RockinMay ❣️ 3y
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mcbeth528
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An amazing book with sadly too many things that still ring true today more than 75 years later. If you are interested in reading about race relations and want to see where we came from, pick up this classic and be ready to open your mind. #readharder2017

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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My ACLU banned books tote is here! They were back ordered right after the election, so I'm extra happy to have it now. 😀

britt_brooke Love it! 3y
hyacinth It looks gorgeous! I want one 😜 3y
KVanRead That is awesome! 3y
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Lacythebookworm 🙌😊 3y
LauraBeth ❤ this! 3y
LiteraryinLititz Love it! Use it proudly! 3y
OffTheBeatenShelf.com So cool! I need to get myself one of those. 🙌🏼 3y
TheLondonBookworm Awesome tote!! 3y
SharonGoforth I have one, too! 😊 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @hyacinth @offthebeatenshelf.com It's wonderful! Heavy canvas, bright printing and some depth for carrying more books. $19.99. ❤ (edited) 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @SharonGoforth Great minds think alike! Use it in good health! 😍 3y
Seonjoon What an awesome tote! 3y
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mcbeth528
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This well-worn copy is my husband's from high school. Somehow I've never read this classic. Thank you #readharderchallenge2017 for making that happen. This book is amazing so far. #readtheclassics