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DreesReads
Sight Lines | Arthur Sze
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The 2019 National Book Award for Poetry winner—and now I have read all of the finalists. This was not my favorite among the finalists, but it is solid. Sze lives in New Mexico, and most of the poems in this collection bring up the desert—the weather, flora and fauna, fire, seasons. Some focus on urban life, others on Sze‘s Chinese heritage. Mushrooms, peonies, and spotted towhees come up several times. #poetry #nationalbookaward

TiredLibrarian What was your favorite of the finalists? 6d
DreesReads @TiredLibrarian Deaf Republic! It was unlike any poetry collection I‘ve read before (though I am pretty much a poetry novice, I‘ve read more in the last 6 months than in the previous 6 years). 5d
TiredLibrarian @DreesReads I'll have to check it out; I know we have it at my library. I used to read a lot of poetry, but haven't read it much in the last few years and would like to get back into it. 5d
DreesReads @TiredLibrarian do! I also really liked the more typical 5d
DreesReads More typical meaning it‘s more personal poems from a lifetime of work. I struggle to classify poetry and edited my book riot spreadsheet to have fiction/nonfiction/poetry because so often poetry feels like memoir or nature writing or current events. I fits into that. Deaf Republic is as much fiction as I‘ve ever felt poetry to be. Though it could be an allegory that went over my head. 5d
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DreesReads
Eye Level: Poems | Jenny Xie
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I loved this poetry collection! There is a section on her parents‘ lives as immigrants and her own experiences growing up in an immigrant community. Also lots of Nature and travel poems. This was a finalist for the 2018 NBA for Poetry. #poetry #nationalbookaward

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DreesReads
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Another 2019 National Book Award for Poetry finalist. This book is full of excellent poems a about Derricotte‘s life: as a child, as an adult, as a black woman who can accidentally or intentionally pass for white and how that makes her feel. Because this is an anthology of her work over time, it is not always as cohesive as a typical collection, but it‘s good. #poetry #nationalbookaward

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DreesReads
The Tradition | Jericho Brown
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Another National Book Award for Poetry 2019 finalist. I found some of these poems to be very powerful, others are over my head. Perhaps due to lack of shared experience? The focus here is his life as a gay black American man/son. His father is in many of these. Definitely worth the read. #poetry #nationalbookaward

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DreesReads
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In Syria, and elderly man has died. One of his sons promised to bury him in their hometown. And he and his estranged brother and sister head off with the body. Only Syria is in the midst of Civil War. They cross territories occupied by three different groups, they bribe, they wait, they are constantly under suspicion and held. They also talk and remember and think about their childhoods. #nationalbookaward #intranslation

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DreesReads
Deaf Republic: Poems | Ilya Kaminsky
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Excellent collection of connected poems. In an unnamed town, residents become deaf when occupying forces kill a boy. They use signs and puppets to communicate, while the puppet master‘s girls kill soldiers one by one. A parable of current events—how so many pretend nothing is happening, going deaf to news. A #nationalbookaward finalist for #poetry

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Cinfhen
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Congrats to Susan Choi this year‘s winner of the National Book Award for fiction 🎊
And congrats to Sarah M. Broom; 2019 #NationalBookAward NF winner 🎉
I think I just found my #pop20 #BookThatWonAnAwardIn2019

JennyM I found this book a slog to read! 2mo
Cinfhen I‘ve seen mixed reviews @JennyM but I did purchase book a few weeks ago when it was a #KindleDailyDeal I‘m willing to give it a try 😉 2mo
Hooked_on_books I hated this book. I‘m mad it won. I wanted Disappearing Earth to win. I wanted Thick to win for NF, but do look forward to The Yellow House. I‘ve heard good things. 2mo
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Cinfhen Im still surprised that On Earth didn‘t make the short list @Hooked_on_books Award season is always surprising!! Do you follow #TheRooster #ToB ???? 2mo
Hooked_on_books I do pay attention to their list, as I‘ve found some great books on it. But their tournament often ends with a book I disliked winning. Maybe I‘m just the weirdo. 😜 I‘m just bummed about NBA as I‘ve found them to be a pretty reliable mirror of my taste and they weren‘t this year. Hopefully we‘ll realign next year. 2mo
Megabooks I bailed on Trust Exercise. Hated it! I hope you like it more. 2mo
Cinfhen Wow!! That‘s 3 in a row who hated Trust Exercise @JennyM @Hooked_on_books @Megabooks 2mo
Soubhiville I also bailed on Trust Exercise. I‘m looking forward to Yellow House though. @Mitch picked it up while she was in Austin. Did you read it yet Mitch? 2mo
MicheleinPhilly I own both of these but haven‘t read either. Surprise surprise. 🙄 2mo
Cinfhen No shock there @MicheleinPhilly but I am surprised to see another bail @Soubhiville Gee, this book is not getting any love from Littens today 2mo
Jas16 I‘m another one who hated Trust Exercises. 2mo
Mitch @Soubhiville not yet ! Arrgghh too many wonderful books! 2mo
Cinfhen Wow!!! How did Trust win??? @Jas16 2mo
Ruthiella I enjoyed Trust Exercise! One vote for it.😂 It is an odd book but ultimately enjoyed the challenge of it. It makes the reader complicit in its message I think. I‘ve not read Yellow House but I‘ve heard good things. I need real motivation to read nonfiction. Novels are my siren song! 2mo
Cinfhen Finally @Ruthiella !!!! 2mo
JennyM I think Trust Exercise is stylistically brilliant and I can see why those in the know think it‘s a worthy winner. But the overwrought, angsty way it was written actually made me physically anxious! And it literally was a slog to get through it. Good luck! Looking forward to your thoughts next year xx (edited) 2mo
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nomadreader
Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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Treating myself to my next pick for #homegirlsread, some sparkling rose, and delicious cheese #booksandbooze #NationalBookAward #FirstNovelPrize

GloVerdino I would love to know where you are, because this looks amazing to me! 3mo
nomadreader @gioverdino The Cheese Bar in Des Moines, Iowa! 3mo
Avidreader25 Looks amazing! 3mo
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thebluestocking
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The fiction finalists for the National Book Awards were announced today. I have not read any of these!

#nationalbookaward

cathipink I've read the last two and really liked both. Listening to Trust Exercise right now. 4mo
thebluestocking @cathipink That‘s awesome. 💙 I‘m putting holds in the ones my library has. 4mo
cathipink I hope you enjoy! I'll be curious to hear your thoughts 🙂 4mo
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nomadreader
Nickel Boys | Colson Whitehead
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I'm the first one up, so I'm starting this one from the #NationalBookAward longlist

DrawingSustenance OMGOSH... that was such a great book! 4mo
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