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Silver Sparrow
Silver Sparrow | Tayari Jones
With the opening line of Silver Sparrow, My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist, author Tayari Jones unveils a breathtaking story about a mans deception, a familys complicity, and the two teenage girls caught in the middle.Set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel revolves around James Witherspoons two familiesthe public one and the secret one. When the daughters from each family meet and form a friendship, only one of them knows they are sisters. It is a relationship destined to explode. This is the third stunning novel from an author deemed one of the most important writers of her generation (the Atlanta Journal Constitution).
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JulAnna
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This story was told in two parts and the two perspectives were brought together to form a complete story. I found it interesting that I felt I knew the whole story when hearing from Dana only, but then when Chaurisse‘s point of view was added a whole new side opened up.
Favorite quote-“people say that which doesn‘t kill you makes you stronger. They are wrong. What doesn‘t kill you doesn‘t kill you. Sometimes you just have to hope that is enough.”

MoniqueReads305 I loved that quote when I read Silver Sparrow. I'm going to have to give it a reread. 1mo
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JulAnna
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🎃 tagged
🎃 I am not sure, I have a trip to the library planned for Wednesday, so I will see what appeals to me then
🎃 I rarely give 5 ⭐️ to a book, my last one was Good Morning, Midnight.
#weekendreads
@rachelsbrittain

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CareBear
Silver Sparrow | Tayari Jones
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It‘s a Foster Mom and Bruce day today! 😻 catching up on some reading and watching football with this sweet boy all day. #catsoflitsy

ravenlee I wanna boop that nose! 2mo
CareBear @ravenlee he loves nose boops! I will give him one for you 🥰 2mo
rabbitprincess BOOOOOOP 😻😻 2mo
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AmyG 💕 2mo
Lcsmcat Such a cutie 😻! 2mo
rachelm Cuuuuutie! And that book rocks 2mo
LeahBergen Bruce! ❤️❤️ 2mo
kspenmoll So sweet! 1mo
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LibraryCin
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Mehso-so

I listened to the audio and it was good; the audio kept my attention. There was a separate narrator for each of the sisters. To be honest, I really don‘t have a lot to say about this one, except I can‘t say that I liked James much

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MrBook
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(Looking to do these regularly again as well! ☺️) Today's author spotlight: Tayari Jones! The 48-year-old Atlanta native is a current Emory University English faculty member who has taught a Toni Morrison course. President Obama has included her on his reading list. She had “Food & Wine” magazine come cook with her in her home. She writes on a typewriter and with a pencil, and she still uses a classic iPod. #AuthorPotpourri #TheMoreYouKnow

Brooke_H I love her. ❤️ 6mo
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REPollock
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I loved this book! It‘s on a great ebook sale right now!

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CaliforniaCay
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Finally a package I've been waiting for arrived today. I've got some catching up to do!
#postlit @CareBear @aroc I may send one your way without reading it but I'd like to get to the others before sending them along one by one. I'm going on vacation soon so I'll have plenty of time to read!

CareBear Mmm yes I need to send you a notebook. I‘ll try to get it out this weekend. Sorry about that. 6mo
CaliforniaCay @CareBear no worries, your book is one of the ones I want to read before sending it along so I'll definitely had on to it for a bit. Going through some of the other notebooks it looks like a few of them had to be replaced! 6mo
daniwithtea @CareBear ooh yay - thanks for the heads up! 6mo
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Lauri-B-Reading
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“Coffee can start a life just as it can start a day.” -
#SILVERSPARROW /
A tale of bigamy and complicity.

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌸 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!!! 7mo
Lauri-B-Reading @Eggs thank you 7mo
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Rissa1
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So many reasons why this book popped into my head. Secret, unapproved, relationships all over this book.
#Eastside #AMonthofSongs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I have this one!!! Is it good?! 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Rissa1 great! Thank you! 7mo
MallenNC @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This is one of my all time favorites. 7mo
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Rissa1
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4⭐ I really liked that this book told the story from the POV of the children. Every character was flawed but their flaws were what made them perfect.

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Rissa1
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I have come to loathe Menards. My husband is a perfectionist, and takes an incredibly long time to make decisions. The Patio section and I have become great friends. I tuck myself away, and bring out the Kindle app.

BookHoarder32 Lol! I did this almost exact same thing in Fleet Farm today 😆 8mo
Rissa1 @BookHoarder32 Ha. I saw a little boy reading in the mattress area before I got to the patio furnitire. 8mo
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Rissa1
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The kindle app,for when A quick trip for dishwashing pods turns into a long wait, because you refuse to use self checkout.

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Rissa1
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Breaking out the kindle app. Wide awake before 3am, everyone else is sleeping. 5 hours of sleep is going to make the day feel long

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goodbyefrancie
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Today's audio. Enjoying it so far!

#Overdrive

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Rissa1
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🔖❣

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Eggbeater
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This is the second book I have read by Tayari Jones and I can tell that she writes the kind of characters that stick with you. The book is very raw and realistic, but sad. You hope for a better, impossible outcome for everyone. You feel so much for both of these families.

I read for 7 hrs 14 min yesterday. Total 11 hrs 44 min. Better than I hoped considering interruptions. #24B4Monday @Andrew65 #blackhistorymonth

Andrew65 A great time! 👍😊 I need to get this book. 9mo
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Eggbeater
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I clocked 4 hours and 30 minutes at the end of day one of the #24B4Monday #readathon . Unforeseen circumstances are going to stop me from reaching 24 hours this weekend, but I will do my best.

Tayari Jones' characters have gripped me right from the start and I am curious to see where this book leads me. This is my second book by this author and I really like her writing so far.

@Andrew65

Andrew65 I do need to get to this one. A good start 👏 Good luck with whatever time you get to. 😊 (edited) 9mo
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Eggbeater
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I've got my stack all ready for the #24B4Monday #Readathon ! The top 4 books are in line with Black History Month, the bottom 2 have nothing to do with the theme, I just need to finish them.

Looking forward to this weekend! 📚📖🎉

@TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

innah96 I have read Children of Blood and Bone, and absolutely loved it. I have also read An Anonymous Girl, and I quite enjoyed it, expect for the ending. 9mo
Andrew65 Will be very interested to see what you think of Silver Sparrow, I wanted to read it but out at the library at the moment. I really enjoyed 9mo
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dariazeoli
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I started listening to my first Jones yesterday and I‘m enjoying it. She writes beautifully. I‘m almost halfway through and I‘m looking forward to the second POV I read about.

#audioreads

BookishTrish This book is so memorable 10mo
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Matilda
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I‘ve never seen a better lineup of books with ridiculous ebook sale prices: https://bookriot.com/2019/02/06/book-riots-deals-of-the-day-for-february-6th-201...

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LokiDokey
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Finished book 2 and just under 10 hours.
#24b4monday @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

Andrew65 Well done 👍😊 This is one I want to read. 10mo
TheReadingMermaid Woohoo! Go girl go!!!👍🏻👍🏻 10mo
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LokiDokey
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1 book down and 4 1/2 hours in.
#24b4monday @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

TheReadingMermaid YAHZ! 👍🏻😃👍🏻 10mo
Andrew65 Well done 👍👏👏 10mo
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BennettBookworm
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If I were going just based on how the story made me feel, it would be a so-so, because it wasn‘t really “feel good,” but I‘m basing my pick on the writing because it was impeccable!

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Librarybelle
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This book sounds so good - a tale of two young women who have to fight through so much. The opening line: “My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist.” #BirdOfParadise #WinterWonderland

TrishB Intriguing first line 👍🏻 12mo
BookishTrish This book is so underrated 12mo
valeriegeary I liked this one 12mo
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emilyhaldi I loved this book and everything else I've read by Jones! 12mo
Librarybelle @BookishTrish @valeriegeary @emilyhaldi I really look forward to reading this! 12mo
MicheleinPhilly This was my first 5 star read of the year. 12mo
Librarybelle Good to know, @MicheleinPhilly ! 12mo
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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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This cover is beautiful! I loved the story of Dana, Chaurrise and their mothers. I wish Raleigh had been a more developed character and I wish we had a chance to know Grandma Bunny more.

Andrew65 I need to read this, I really enjoyed 13mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom @Andrew65 this was my first book by her, but I can't wait to read more! 13mo
LiteraryinLititz Having read both, I prefer 13mo
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WorldsOkayestStepMom @LiteraryinLititz good to know! Thanks! 13mo
Liatrek I highly recommend 13mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom @Liatrek thank you for the suggestion! 13mo
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ILoveReading28
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This was definitely an interesting read. I liked the fact that you received both main characters perspectives about what they thought about their lives before the main climax shifted and changed their lives forever. This book really shows that every action has a consequence no matter how big or small. I really enjoyed it.

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Rosaveiga
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Almost finished with this. I am loving it so far. What are your thoughts??? #bigamist #secrets #tayarijones

Andrew65 Need to give this a try as loved 1y
KathyWheeler I read Silver Sparrow and really liked it. 1y
Ashley85 I enjoyed it as well. 1y
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Chelleo
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MicheleinPhilly I absolutely LOVED this book. 1y
Tamra Just added to my library audio holds. Thank for the reminder! 1y
Chelleo @Tamra glad I could help 😉 (edited) 1y
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REPollock
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Looking forward to this one after hearing the author read at the Tin House summer workshops in July!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks She‘s awesome! 1y
BarbaraBB I liked this one better than 1y
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REPollock
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❤️

TheFunkyBookworm That is AWESOME! 1y
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Weaponxgirl
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Feathers on the cover, birds in the title, this came to mind when I thought about books in the air for #diversespines
This is also a #scribdpicks that I do really want to get to
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @spinesvines @Andrew65 @WomanistBibliophile

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf 🤦🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️ So many on my shelf!!!! 🤣🤣 1y
Andrew65 Definitely want to read this! 1y
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BarbaraBB
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‘What doesn‘t kill you, doesn‘t kill you. That‘s all you get.‘

This was a great read about a weak man (sorry, I think so), marrying two women and having a daughter with both. His ‘first‘ family doesn‘t know a thing, his ‘second‘ family does. You know this must go wrong, but the greatness of this novel is in all the details, the little lies that add up.
A better read than An American Marriage, in my opinion.

#MarchMadnessChallenge

BookishTrish Mine too. 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto This sounds interesting. Definitely going to need to pick it up. 2y
MicheleinPhilly I loved this book. 2y
emilyhaldi Glad you liked this one so much! I got a little lost in the middle, and still prefer American Marriage - however, I definitely love Jones as a writer!!❤️ 2y
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi Yes I am definitely looking out for more of het books! 2y
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emilyhaldi
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I love the way Jones writes and how she can create a solemn mood almost immediately (with this and American Marriage). The story is of a man with two wives, each with a daughter.. one family is aware of the other and one lives in ignorance, until the inevitable meeting of the two. Ultimately, I lost momentum 3/4 of the way and felt some parts just didn‘t add to the story. But I look forward to reading more from Jones.
#marchmadnesschallenge

Liatrek I‘m read An America Marriage and just started Leaving Atlanta. I really like her writing style and look forward to reading this one too. 2y
BarbaraBB How fast can you read?! I am reading this now too. I think I am liking it too. 2y
emilyhaldi @BarbaraBB I can read pretty fast as long as it‘s my full time job 😆 Working on finding a paying job since my move to Ohio... but enjoying my free time while I can! 😉 2y
BarbaraBB That explains! I‘d love that for a few months too. Enjoy - although I hope you‘ll find the perfect job as well! 🍀 2y
Reviewsbylola Yeah you have the ultimate job rn. 🤣🤣🤣 2y
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Kappadeemom
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When you are reading about Paschals in Atlanta, and you start craving fried chicken 😂😂🐔🐔

MrBook MMMMmmmmm 😋! Tastes liiiike chicken! 2y
BookBabe Mmmmmmm. 😋 2y
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Ashley85
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I love the little nuggets of truth shared throughout this book!

monalyisha We used a quote from this book in our wedding ceremony & I haven‘t even read it! 🙈 (I really have to fix that.) It was: “And this is how it started. Just with coffee and the exchange of their long stories... Coffee can start a life just as it can start a day.” Part of the ritual we created was making one another a cup of coffee (to show that we know each other‘s likes & preferences, & to celebrate the small moments that make up a life together). 2y
Ashley85 I remember that quote! That‘s such a sweet tradition. ❤️ 2y
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Ashley85
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Just started this one. Looking forward to reading her newest release! 🤗

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LauraBeth
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I enjoyed this one. The writing reminds me of Anne Tyler. Occasionally, I‘d come across a turn of a phrase that really just nailed the moment. My love for this book may stem from the fact that I grew up in 1980s Atlanta, and I enjoyed her local references. Looking forward to her new one, An American Marriage.

“The key to life," he told me once, "is to avoid the highs and the lows. It's the peaks and valleys that mess you up.”

PenguinInFlight Awww, Bitsy! 😍🐶 (Twinkle is laying in nearly the exact same position right now. 😂) 2y
MicheleinPhilly 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2y
irre Reading this now. I really liked 2y
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LauraBeth @PenguinInFlight I feel like I haven‘t seen a pic of Twinkle in forever! #moretwinkle 2y
LauraBeth @MicheleinPhilly you read this was one must faster than me 😂 2y
LauraBeth @irre looking forward to your thoughts! 2y
Karkar There is Bisty back to her normal pose. ❤️🐾❤️ 2y
UwannaPublishme Classic Bitsy 😁👍🏻 And now I have to read this book after you compared it to Anne Tyler. 2y
LiteraryinLititz I‘m looking forward to her new one too! 2y
DebinHawaii Bitsy! 🐶❤️ 2y
Bookish.Heart There‘s Bitsy! I knew I just needed to scroll down in your posts! I dog-stalk you and @TricksyTails for cute pics! 🤣 2y
TricksyTails 😍🐶♥️ Bitsy is adorable and has the cutest name too!! Aww thanks, @Bookish.Heart! Tanuki sends all the slobbery kisses! 🐶♥️ 2y
LauraBeth @Bookish.Heart she‘s never far away! 😂 2y
LauraBeth @TricksyTails your dog is so cute! Is that an Akita? 2y
LauraBeth @Karkar there she is in all her glory 😂 2y
LauraBeth @UwannaPublishme I think you‘ll enjoy it! 2y
LauraBeth @DebinHawaii Bitsy says hi to you but not Max 😂 2y
TricksyTails Thank you! 😊 Bitsy is the cutest! Yes! My kiddo is an Akita. 🐶♥️ 2y
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rachelm
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Family secrets: some of them are bigger than others. Bigamy definitely qualifies in the "bigger" end of the spectrum. Told from the perspective of daughters from each wife, Silver Sparrow tracks the way girls grow up, men and women's lives intertwine, and questions that are impossible to answer. Highly recommended for anyone who liked EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng. Beautiful prose, highly intimate book.

Lola This has moved way up my list. Her new one comes out 2/6 and is excellent! 2y
AmyG @Lola I so look forward to An American Marriage. 2y
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rachelm
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#audiolunchdate with myself! About an hour left in this book and enjoying a bento box ❤️

BarbaraBB Looooove the bento box. I want one😍! 2y
Moray_Reads That looks delicious 2y
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rachelm
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#audioworkout this morning and adding another #blurrygymshot to my collection.

Tayari Jones is my new autobuy author and I'm LOVING this one so far. I'm totally binging on it.

readordierachel I have this one sitting on my shelf! Looking forward to it. 2y
RealLifeReading This book is so good! And she's got a new one coming out! (edited) 2y
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rachelm @RealLifeReading I actually read an ARC of her new one BEFORE this one and that's what got me into her! She's amazing! 2y
RealLifeReading Lucky you! I'm looking forward to her new one! 2y
Notafraidofwords She‘s amazing. 2y
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MicheleinPhilly
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Breathtakingly beautiful. My first 5 ⭐️ read of 2018.

Kristy_K I bought this at the end of last year even though I hadn‘t heard much about it. Glad to see you loved it! 2y
LisaJo I attended the Alabama book festival last year. They were handing out this book for free because the author was speaking - really enjoyed her talk. Still on my TBR pile. Can they just stop writing books for like a year so we all can catch up. 2y
BookishTrish I loved this book so much. Her latest ARC is available on Net Galley 2y
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BooksForEmpathy This is on my shelf and I had forgotten about it! I remember why I bought it now... 2y
BethFishReads I loved this too! 2y
estellasrevenge Reading Silver Sparrow sometime this quarter! 2y
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MicheleinPhilly
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So I enjoyed the first 2 chapters of this infinitely more than all 500+ pages of Crazy Rich Asians. Thank you, Ms. Jones! 🙌🏼

LiteraryinLititz I enjoyed this one too! She has a new one that‘s on my TBR. 2y
irre I‘m reading her new one right now and it‘s excellent! 2y
LauraBeth I‘m still listening to it and it‘s still great! 2y
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LauraBeth
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This audiobook is so good that even though I have seven hours left, I‘m already beginning to feel sad knowing that it will end.

Notafraidofwords I‘ve read all her work. This is her best one. Love her. 2y
MallenNC I love Tayari Jones and especially this one. I can‘t wait for her new book in February. 2y
LauraBeth @Notafraidofwords This is the first book I‘ve read by her! I can‘t believe I‘ve been missing out on her all of these years! 2y
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LauraBeth @MallenNC I‘ll be reading that for sure! 2y
MicheleinPhilly I‘ve had the ebook of this for years. May read it next. 2y
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Alicia
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This book is amazing!!! I loved literally everything about it. A story of what is two families that are really one, and the relationships they all have with each other. A true exploration of love, mother/daughter relationships, and friendship. It‘s the story of Dana and her mother Gwen, and Cherise and her mother Laverne and James and Raleigh who bring them together. Excellent narration, I highly recommend on audio. #tfob2018

L_auren I listened to it this summer and felt the same way!! 2y
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Alicia
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Forgot to post all the books I already own from #TFOB authors! I‘m almost done with Shadowshaper but after some book club reading next up will be Little Fires Everywhere and the tagged book on audio!!! Can‘t wait for March!!! #tucsonfestivalofbooks

everlocalwest Silver Sparrow is so good! So is Jones' newest 2y
Alicia @everlocalwest awesome!!! Thank you! I‘m totally going to check that one out too! 2y
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Matilda
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#riotgrams day 24: great book club reads

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rach_simone
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I found this book really picked up in the second part, from Chaurisse's perspective. All of the characters felt like real, flawed people. I found myself on the edge of my seat for the last third or so.

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leslieisreading
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An unlikely pairing of #goldandsilver
#fallintobooks

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Jas16
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I really enjoyed this audiobook about two half sisters who are the daughters of their bigamist father. Because he #cantstopwontstop living a lie, one sister grows up knowing the truth while the other has no idea. The two narrators do a great job with this story and I am glad I chose the audio book version. #anditsaugust

RealLifeReading Love Tayari Jones! 2y
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