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Lesliereads

Joined October 2016

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My summer has been zany and demanding - mostly in a good way. I haven‘t been able to sink my teeth into any books, but knitting a lace scarf has been my companion. Considering getting into this book, soon. #knittingandreading #readingandknitting

UwannaPublishme Beautiful scarf! 2mo
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Just as I Am: A Memoir | Cicely Tyson
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Actually between a “so-so” and a “pick.” Well- written and informative but….underwhelming for me. I wanted to like it more.

Nute The cover is bold and beautiful! I can‘t wait to read this book. 5mo
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from Editor‘s Note:

“For this edition, we have drawn from 39 of the 74 poems, presenting a total of 70 questions. These questions represent parts of poems, with poem LVI being the only full poem in the book, but even in this case, not all of the poem‘s couplets appear on the same page. The 70 questions were arranged into more or less thematic groups, informed by the relationship between humans and the natural world, mind, and geography.”

JazzFeathers What incredible illustrations! 😍 5mo
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“How do the oranges
On an orange tree share the sun?

Who wakes up the sun when it sleeps
upon its blazing bed?

Don‘t you see that apple blossoms bloom
In order to die as apples?”

#illustratedbooks #pabloneruda #bookofquestions #palomavaldivia #poetry

Nute You did just what I hoped you would do. I wanted to see the illustrations in the book. Thank you for sharing, Leslie! 🙂 5mo
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As if I needed a reason to visit one of my favorite independent bookstores - LOL! - today was Independent Bookstore Day; and this is what I scored at 57th Street Books!! First illustrated bilingual Spanish-English selection published in 2022 by Enchanted Lion Books. Illustrations by Paloma Valdivia. #poetry #pabloneruda #independentbookstoreday #illustratedbooks

EvieBee Beautiful! 5mo
merelybookish 😍 5mo
batsy That looks gorgeous 💚 5mo
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Nute Very exciting! I can‘t wait to see the illustrations in this book. (edited) 5mo
Lesliereads @EvieBee @batsy It really IS a beautiful edition!💫 I am tempted to splurge on another copy so I have one to share with students on classroom visits, and one that stays home. 💝 5mo
Lesliereads @merelybookish 😍Exactly what my eyeballs were doing when I happened upon it in the bookstore! 5mo
Lesliereads @Nute It‘s going to be a challenge not to share every page! Some pages even fold out with more visual surprises. 5mo
Nute I think that you have influenced one of the selections in my next book buying spree, Leslie!🙂 5mo
Lesliereads @Nute Your welcome, Kimberley! 💕 5mo
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After hearing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson (b. 1970) say that she stands “on the shoulders of” the Honorable Constance Baker Motley (1921-2005), I COULD NOT leave this book at the library when I happened upon it the other day. It also happens that the two women share a birthday- with exactly 49 years between them! #ConstanceBakerMotley #KetanjiBrownJackson

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The Bean Trees | Barbara Kingsolver
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After reading Barbara Kingsolver‘s Unsheltered, I decided that I want to read more books by her, so now I am reading The Bean Trees. If you would like to recommend other books from Kingsolver‘s body of work, I thank you in advance! 🌸 #readingandknitting #readingandcrafting

Smrloomis Lovely picture 💕💕💕 6mo
DivineDiana Beautiful knitting! Loved this book! She is a favorite author. Recommend (edited) 6mo
PhyllisH Beautiful knitting 🧶😊 5mo
Lesliereads @PhyllisH Thank you so much! 🧶😊 5mo
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Poetry is a great vehicle for exploring so much with children, & this book is an excellent example. In this case, 17 rhyming poems about the sleep habits of 17 different animals. In fact, were it not for this book I wouldn‘t have known that sea otters sometimes hold hands while sleeping so as not to float away from each other! I recommend this for readers of all ages. Includes brief prose descriptions, glossary, & index, plus cool illustrations!

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Happy Birthday Alice Walker! Born in Eatonville, Georgia on this day in 1944, Alice Walker has - since the 1970s - been writing beautiful, soul-touching poetry, fiction, essays, and more. I feel gratefully enriched by her body of work. My stack only represents a portion. #alicewalker #blackwomenwriters

Nute Seeing this stack of books gives me so much joy!💕 6mo
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I‘m so excited to receive my copy of this book - just released yesterday. Subtitled “Transform, Heal, & Remember with the Power of Plants and Ancestral Medicine.” I see that the book‘s 8 chapters are organized by our bodies‘ systems, i.e. Circulatory Health, Respiratory Health, Digestive Health, etc. and includes soft watercolor illustrations of our organs and the plants whose medicine attends them. #spiritualherbalism #empresskarenmrose

DivineDiana This looks like a beautiful book. 8mo
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Giant Talk: An Anthology of Third World Writings | Quincy Troupe, Rainer Schulte
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Seeing that Quincy Troupe‘s recent poetry release is subtitled “Poems, 1966- Now” I had to go back in my mind to recall my first encounter with his name. It was as co-editor of this 1975 anthology with Rainer Schulte. #poetry #quincytroupe #vintagepoetrycollections #rainerschulte

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Duende: Poems, 1966-Now | Quincy Troupe
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New poetry release book mail received! Duende: Poems 1966- Now #poetry #quincytroupe

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Unsheltered: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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Since Chicago Public School children only returned to classrooms this Wednesday, my poetry residencies are scheduled to resume next week. I‘ve had more time to read and knit this week and I‘m not complaining! 😍 #readingandknitting #readingandcrafting

AmyG Your yarn matches the book. Beautiful 9mo
Suet624 How beautiful! 9mo
readordierachel Lovely! 9mo
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Lesliereads @AmyG 💚Thank you 9mo
Lesliereads @Suet624 thnx,🙏🏾 so far, so good….! 9mo
Lesliereads @readordierachel 🦋thank you 9mo
DivineDiana Fabulous color! Love the photo! 8mo
Nute Wow! I am blown away by all the talented hobbyists on Litsy! It looks great so far, Leslie. Share the final product when complete!☺️ 8mo
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The Lying Life of Adults | Elena Ferrante
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Written in the adult voice of Neopolitan Giovanna Trada, this gripping, nearly obsessive narrative is largely a psychological and emotional “coming-of-age“ story. Giovanna retraces her adolescent years of struggling to unearth and reconstruct the truth behind the seemingly well-mannered life that her parents had constructed; while simultaneously trying to forge her own independent identity. A pick for me, with lot's of ⭐️s!

squirrelbrain This is one of my favourites of 2021! 9mo
Suet624 Sounds great. 🤓 9mo
DivineDiana Great picture! And love those gloves! 9mo
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Cathythoughts Great review 👏🏻 I loved this one ! 9mo
Lesliereads @Suet624 I hope the film adaptation will be a good one! 9mo
Lesliereads @Cathythoughts Thank you 🙏🏾 I‘ve been wondering if other readers loved it, too! 9mo
Lesliereads @DivineDiana 🙏🏾 Thank you! I made the scarf and hand warmers myself 😁. 9mo
DivineDiana You are very talented! 9mo
SRWCF The hand warmers are so lovely! Gorgeous colors. 9mo
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Thank you bell hooks - born Gloria Jean Watkins - thank you for everything you‘ve given us! Your life‘s work, your body of writing- all of it rooted in Love. 🙏🏾💗
bell hooks (1952 - 2021)
#bellhooks

batsy ❤️ 10mo
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I can‘t talk about this right now. 💔
bell hooks (September 25,1952 - December 15, 2021)
#GloriaJeanWatkins #bellhooks

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True story: I was leaving my apartment building to go for a walk and said hello to a neighbor who was sitting in the lobby opening mail and deliveries. She asked “Do you read?”
“Oh, yes!” I replied.
“Well, here- I want to give this book to you. I just got it from Amazon.”
“That‘s so kind, but….”
“ I can‘t read it.” She said, and pointed to her eyes. “I‘m going to listen to the audiobook.”
She bought it to give away; refused my money.

Lesliereads (Continued) I learned that my neighbor‘s name is Betty and she is 85 years old. She bought the book to support Tarana Burke‘s continued work. A pick for me even though the last 3rd of the book felt rushed and less carefully edited than the first part. #TaranaBurke #MeToomovement 10mo
TheKidUpstairs Betty rocks 10mo
squirrelbrain Betty is a great neighbour! ❤️ 10mo
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EvieBee What a story! 💕 10mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Love this story. 💕 We need more neighbours like Betty. 10mo
Lesliereads @TheKidUpstairs Absolutely! 10mo
Lesliereads @squirrelbrain yes! I feel myself blessed to have made Betty‘s acquaintance this way.♥️ 10mo
Lesliereads @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego May others speak of us in the same way, one day!🙌🏾 10mo
Lesliereads @EvieBee I love when there is a real life story I get to tag to my reading of a book! 💞 10mo
SRWCF What a great story! 9mo
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Jack | Marilynne Robinson

Yes, after gushing over Marilynne Robinson‘s writing in Gilead, Home, and Lila, I‘m having to bail on Jack. 74 pages in and he and Della are still in the cemetery….I‘m weary and having difficulty believing this scene and their exchange. #MarilynneRobinson #Gilead #Gileadseries

bnp Same for me. I lived Home & Lila, but list interest in the cemetery 10mo
Lesliereads @bnp a bummer, but I‘m kind of glad I‘m not the only one. At least we enjoyed Home and Lila! 🦋 10mo
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“We did not have organized religion per se; rather the whole earth is a sacred site. A poem can be considered a sacred site, in which so much of our culture is stored, made into form to be acknowledged, given a place, even a place to hide. Many of our oldest and most traditional poems and songs contain maps of the stars, road maps, or precepts of spiritual knowledge.” - from the Introduction
#nativenationspoetry #nativeamericanpoetry #indigenous

monalyisha Ohhh, it‘s gorgeous! 😍 If the rest of it‘s even half as lovely, it sounds like you‘re in for a treat! 10mo
Suet624 ❤️❤️❤️ Harjo 10mo
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Butter Honey Pig Bread | Francesca Ekwuyasi
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“Our mother is not well. I can scarcely remember a time when she was. She is a vast garden of water-hungry flowers in a land of perpetual drought. Our father, I imagine, wanted to have something he could save every day, so he married her, narrow-waisted and massive-eyed. She was beautiful in an impossible way, a delicate thing. Too soft for this world, too soft for Lagos and the madness that is it‘s throbbing motor. Too soft for London…”

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Lila: A Novel | Marilynne Robinson
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I actually finished this some weeks ago. I‘ve read 3 of the Gilead books - all loans from the library- and as you can see, I found a copy of Jack on my last visit. Honestly, I think I need to purchase the box set because I really kind of love Marilynne Robinson‘s writing, and each book comes with its own astonishing meditative gifts. #marilynnerobinson #gileadseries

BkClubCare I could suggest you skip to the last quarter, but this “practice” is new for me - I used to be aghast when friends tell me to try and read the end first! But now in my stage of reading experiences, I am finding it a useful tool when I get stuck. I hope to someday reread Gilead. Nice to connect with you 😊 10mo
BkClubCare Whoops - this comment was meant for your Jack post. Nevermind me. 10mo
Lesliereads @BkClubCare Thanks for the suggestion, anyway! 😊 10mo
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I realize, now, that when I began reading this, I may have been in need of a “warmer” book, or one that makes more beautiful use of language. Gifty‘s sorrow and loneliness and grief are so palpable, even while she tells her sensitive story from a kind of clinical distance. The questions that she poses - about God and science and personal agency and religion and faith - are lingering and mighty. 4/5 ⭐️s.

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Harlem Shuffle: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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If you peek inside my bag you‘ll see I purchased two more relatively new books even though in my mind I want to read more from my backlog of “older” books. My justification for purchasing Whitehead‘s book is that I got it at a 20% discount; and copies of The Personal Librarian won‘t be available from the library for months!

megnews Perfectly justified! 😃 13mo
Lesliereads Thanks @megnews! 😁 13mo
Kristin_Reads Personal Librarian was my last read (loved it... hope you do, too!) and Harlem Shuffle is my current read! We‘re reading twins! 📚📚 13mo
Lesliereads @Kristin_Reads 👋🏾 “Reading Twins” 😍 - it seems you arrived first 😁 13mo
EvieBee I‘m considering buy The Personal Librarian for the same reason! 😁 13mo
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The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois | Honore Fanonne Jeffers
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Ploughing my way through a pile of work (that I am grateful to have - let‘s be clear!) so I can get started reading this one without feeling distracted by the voice that says “ You know you have a deadline to meet, right?” #guiltfreereading #chunkers #bigfatbooks #honoréefanonnejeffers

SamAnne I‘m looking forward to this one. 13mo
EvieBee I didn‘t realize what a chunky book this was! How many pages? 13mo
Lesliereads @EvieBee 797 pages! 😁 It‘s been a minute since I‘ve read one this size. 13mo
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EvieBee @Lesliereads Wow! I haven‘t in years. I cant wait to hear what you think. 💕💕 13mo
Lesliereads Are you down fir the page count @SamAnne? 13mo
SamAnne @Lesliereads hah! If it‘s an immersive book I love a chunkster! 13mo
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Adulthood Rites | Octavia E Butler
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So far I‘m liking the 2021 cover art of Grand Central Publishing‘s editions of Octavia Butler (1947-2006)‘s Xenogenesis Series. 💙 #octaviabutler #xenogenesisseries #coverart

Christine Gorgeous!! 💙 13mo
Nute That is pretty! 13mo
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EvieBee Beautiful! I do too! I‘m known to hug them. 🤓 13mo
sharread Me too especially the Willow Tree. ❤ 13mo
batsy Yes! 🌳🌳🌳 13mo
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🥰😍Got these two for less than $10.00 on the “clearance” shelf of one of my favorite independent bookstores! (57th Street Books) #poetry #adriennerich #alicewalker #thecushionintheroad

EvieBee Nice! 13mo
SamAnne Finally got around to reading Adrienne Rich this year, some essays and poems. Plan to read more. 13mo
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The Street | Ann Petry
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Finally! I finally read this masterwork - first published in 1946! I love the scenic, emotional, and social detail that Ann Petry poured into telling Lutie‘s Johnson‘s story. In the introduction [to my 2020 edition] Tayari Jones notes that Petry was “a pioneer of the literary thriller, a genre popularized by her contemporary Patricia Highsmith.” Now I want to read more Petry, and try Highsmith for the first time!❤️❤️

Lindy Thanks for reminding me about this novel. I really enjoyed it a number of years ago, listening to an audiobook edition that included sound effects. 13mo
merelybookish I listened to it earlier this year. I thought it was excellent! 13mo
Lesliereads @Lindy @merelybookish I have been so slow to explore audiobooks! Learning that this one has sound effects intrigues me. I keep threatening to listen to audiobooks while knitting or crocheting - maybe I‘ll start with this one!☝🏾 13mo
EvieBee I own the kindle edition and have not read but now…I seriously need a physical copy on my shelf. Lovely review. 🤗♥️ 13mo
Lindy @Lesliereads Crafting and listening to a book you‘ve already read is a good idea; your focus can shift to your pattern when necessary without worrying about losing details of the story. I think the edition I listened to was with narrator Shayna Small, but I‘m not sure. Foley art (sound effects) is rare in audiobooks these days; it was more common in radio dramas. 13mo
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Nana Akua Goes to School | Tricia Elam Walker
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“Adinkra (ah-DiNK-ra): a group of symbols, originating hundreds of years ago in Côte d‘Ivoire, that tell stories and teach lessons. The symbols appear on pottery, jewelry, and other decorative items, including fabrics initially once worn only by African leaders but now worn by many people, both in African countries and in other places in the world. “Adinkra” also means “goodbye” in Twi, a Ghanaian language spoken by the Ashanti tribe.”

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Nana Akua Goes to School | Tricia Elam Walker
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A recent acquisition while enjoying The African World Festival in Detroit 🥰
I enjoy many illustrated books, and couldn‘t resist this one, which also includes Adinkra symbols and their meanings. #adinkrasymbols #illustratedbooks

EvieBee Love! Beautiful photo, Leslie. 💕 13mo
batsy Yes! Stunning photo. 13mo
DivineDiana I too can not resist beautiful illustrations. Gorgeous! 13mo
Lesliereads @EvieBee @batsy 💕Thank you!💕 13mo
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The Parisian | Isabella Hammad

Bailed on this after reading all of part one and a few pages into part two just because I‘m not in the mood for this. The writing is good, but this isn‘t the adventure I want to go on, now. #moodyreader

EvieBee Hear, hear! Right up there with you. 14mo
Lesliereads @EvieBee Glad to have your company, especially since this came highly recommended from a trusted reading friend 🤷🏽‍♀️ 14mo
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How to Read a Book | Kwame Alexander
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“Don‘t rush though:
Your eyes need
Time to taste.
Your soul needs
Room to bloom”
💜❤️💗🧡
#howtoreadabook #picturebooks #kwamealexander #illustratedbooks

DivineDiana This sentiment touches my heart. ❤️ 14mo
Lesliereads @DivineDiana Mine too. 💕 14mo
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Home: A Novel | Marilynne Robinson
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“Sometimes she listened to the radio, if there was an opera or drama, or if she just wanted to hear a human voice. The big old radio gave off an odor like rancid hair tonic. It reminded her of a nervous salesman. And it made a sullen hiss and sputter if she moved away from it. It was the kind of bad companion loneliness makes welcome.”

merelybookish Robinson's writing! 😍 14mo
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17 essays written between 2010 and 2020 from the brilliant novelist, Aminatta Forna. The Scottish and Sierra Leonean writer has lived and traveled all over the world. A human repository of a rich and unique blend of experiential, journalistic, and academic knowledge, Forna‘s wordsmith game is superb.
3.5⭐️s for content, 5 ⭐️s for writing only because some essays were too erudite for me or were too heavy on encyclopedic detail and stats.

DivineDiana Great review! My goal is to improve my wordsmith game! 14mo
Lesliereads @DivineDiana That‘s always a goal of mine, too!🤩 14mo
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The Bombay Prince | Sujata Massey
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After reading the 1st two installments of the Perveen Mistry series, I looked forward to reading this one. Sujata Massey does tight, intricate weaves of story set in Bombay in the 1920s, so you get a glimpse into Indian and British colonial complexities, and how attitudes about gender roles dovetail with Parsi, Muslim, and British legal systems. It‘s a lot to juggle - with uneven success. Page-turners, nevertheless. 3 ⭐️s + a cup of chai

EvieBee I‘m so glad the series is still fabulous. I have catching up to do. I love Perveen! 1y
Lesliereads @EvieBee I, too, love Perveen! 14mo
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Happiness | Aminatta Forna
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“The trouble with happiness, thought Attila, was that, perhaps because infants seemed such happy creatures, people were led to believe that happiness came with a mother‘s milk, happiness was man‘s state of nature, of which all else was a warping. The search to return to that state became unending. But they were mistaken, for what they desired so badly wasn‘t happiness but a state of prelapsarian innocence, the thing that babies possessed.”

EvieBee 😍😍😍All the hearts! ❤️❤️ 1y
Lesliereads @EvieBee ♥️❤️😍🥰 1y
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Dawn | Octavia E Butler
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Octavia Butler (1947- 2006)‘s
speculative considerations underline a strong grasp of human instincts and emotions. Her unique fusion of imagination with science is provocative and convincing. I really love her ability to tap into the tensions where curiosity and repulsion, hope and distrust- converge. #xenogenesisseries #octaviabutler #coverart

erzascarletbookgasm Great review and that‘s a gorgeous cover. 1y
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Salvage the Bones | Jesmyn Ward
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Just getting around to reading this novel, first published in 2011.
It‘s raw, relentless, tender, terrible. Raw, relentless, tender, terrible. Raw, relentless, tender, terrible. #jesmynward #hurricanekatrina #sauvageMS

Lindy And after all that, it‘s very rewarding. 🏆 1y
Lesliereads @Lindy Agreed! Despite my description, reading this book does not inspire pity, but something more fortifying. 1y
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So yesterday when my friend Apryl and I had lunch and swapped books, these are the books she brought for me. Not sure which one to read, first.😁 #bookswap #options

readordierachel Fun! I really enjoyed Mexican Gothic. Happy reading! 2y
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Euphoria | Lily King
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So, yesterday I had lunch with a friend whom I have not seen in over a year. We swapped some books. I gave her these - all of which I enjoyed, by the way! #bookswap

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Bisa Butler: Portraits | Katonah Museum of Art
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I so want to get my hands on a copy of this exhibition catalogue! I finally got to visit the Art Institute Of Chicago to see Bisa Butler‘s beautiful artwork up close. She paints stories through an extraordinary quilting practice. Pictured here is “Four Little Girls, September 15, 1963,” 2018 - which commemorates the lives of 4 girls murdered in 16th St. Baptist Church that was bombed by white supremacists in Birmingham, Alabama.

AmyG That is magnificient. I am off to google her now. 2y
Blueberry Wow! Wonderful work. 2y
tenar Amazing! Thank you for introducing us! 2y
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arubabookwoman Is that a quilt or a painting? Whichever, it's besutiful. 2y
Eggs Beautiful ❣️ 2y
Lesliereads @AmyG I hope you have fun researching this artist🧡! @tenar You are most welcome!🦋 @Blueberry Yes! In the museum, you know, perfect strangers making faces of wonder at one another.💙 2y
Lesliereads @Eggs SO beautiful 😍 @arubabookwoman All quilted work!!💖 I think the artist stopped painting because she didn‘t want paint fumes and such to negatively impact the life of her then-newborn child. 2y
Eggs Just ambled through your posts - a fun journey! Your photos are delicious and I love your book reviews❤️ You inspire me! Are you a writer also? Cheers 🤗 2y
UwannaPublishme 😍😍😍 2y
Lesliereads @Eggs Thank you for your generous comments🙏🏾❤️ yes, I am a writer; what about you? 2y
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Leonard and Hungry Paul | Ronan Hession
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“Hungry Paul then dropped to the floor and started a push-up on his knuckles. There was a cracking sound, followed by some oaths, and then he started again, looking like a break dancer doing the caterpillar.” 😂

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Happy Valentines Day 💙💚❤️😘🦋
#poetry #poemsofkindness

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Too Much Midnight | Krista Franklin
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This monograph-type book includes 31 pieces of writing, mostly poetry, and 32 art works created by writer and interdisciplinary artist, Krista Franklin. Palpable and compelling, it is the kind of book that encourages me to read it the way I read picture books as a child: I read parts aloud enjoying the language and tracing my fingers around some images while emitting sounds of excitement😍.

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217 pages of black-and-white photographs is a celebratory spectrum of black barbershop 💈 culture, as documented by Antonio Johnson. He named his project “You Next” because “you next” is what a barber says to a customer to communicate that they are on deck for a haircut. It‘s also used as a question between customers to determine where they are in line.
💈These images pay homage to the public spaces where Black male identity is whole and loved.

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Poems 1962-2012 | Louise Gluck
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I reserved this copy from the library not realizing it was going to be a chunker, and that other people like me were wanting to better acquaint themselves with this awardee of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2020. Nevertheless, before returning this to the library today, I copied out six poems that I would enjoy re-reading, anytime. #LouiseGlück #chunkster #bigfatbooks #nobelprizeinliterature #poetry #chunkers #ilovelibraries #LouiseGluck

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Poems and other recipes of a Korean American history and inheritance. Love: cooked or raw. Violence and spice blend. Food memory. Geography of migratory hungers and nourishments. #poetry #koreanamericanpoets #jihyunyun

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Amy and Isabelle | Elizabeth Strout
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“Please God,” Isabelle whispered piteously, kneading her face with her fingers. Please what? She hated God. She hated him. In the darkness she actually shook her fist in the air, oh, she was so sick to death of God. For years she had been playing some kind of guessing game with him. Is this right, God? Am I doing the right thing? Every decision made on what would Please God - and look where it had gotten her: no place. Less than no place at all.”

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Octavia: Guthrie and Beyond | Naomi Cornelia Long Madgett
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Naomi Long Madgett (July 5,1923 - November 6, 2020). Poet, and educator who founded the historic Lotus Press in 1972. In 2001 she became Detroit‘s Poet Laureate. She was named Kresge Eminent Artist in 2012. ❤️♥️Literary Mother and Pathcutter, now an ancestor after 97 strong years. Rest in the garden of literary flowers. Asé! #naomilongmadgett #blackwomenwriters #poetry #lotuspress

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I‘m 59 today!
Talk about myths and secrets....!
😂🥰
#mythsandsecrets #womensmythsandsecrets

Sace Happy Birthday! 🎉🎉🎉🍰 2y
CaffeineAndCandy ʜᴀᴘᴘʏ ʙɪʀᴛʜᴅᴀʏ ᴛᴏ ʏᴏᴜ! 🎂 🎊🎈🎁 2y
Soubhiville Yay! Happy Birthday! 2y
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SamAnne Happy Birthday! 2y
Hooked_on_books Happy Birthday! 🎂 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Happy birthday! 🥳 2y
batsy Happy birthday! 🎈🎂❤️ 2y
Tanisha_A Happy birthday 🎂 2y
Lesliereads @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy @Tanisha_A I appreciate your wishes! 🥰❤️♥️ 2y
JazzFeathers Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!! 2y
Lesliereads @JazzFeathers Yaaaaay!🙏🏾🎈 2y
Afua Happy Birthday!! 🥳🥳🥳 2y
Lesliereads @Afua Thank you, Afua❣️ 2y
readordierachel Happy belated birthday! 🎉🎈💕 2y
Lesliereads Thanks for helping me keep the celebration going @readordierachel 🎊🍰🌹 2y
Nute How did I miss the opportunity to wish you a Happy Birthday? This well wish comes belatedly. I am thinking of you and praying all good things for you!💕 2y
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