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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 5d
Suet624 How beautiful! 5d
readordierachel Lovely! 5d
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Lesliereads @AmyG 💚Thank you 4d
Lesliereads @Suet624 thnx,🙏🏾 so far, so good….! 4d
Lesliereads @readordierachel 🦋thank you 4d
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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! 1mo
Suet624 Sounds great. 🤓 1mo
DivineDiana Great picture! And love those gloves! 1mo
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Cathythoughts Great review 👏🏻 I loved this one ! 4w
Lesliereads @Suet624 I hope the film adaptation will be a good one! 4w
Lesliereads @Cathythoughts Thank you 🙏🏾 I‘ve been wondering if other readers loved it, too! 4w
Lesliereads @DivineDiana 🙏🏾 Thank you! I made the scarf and hand warmers myself 😁. 4w
DivineDiana You are very talented! 4w
SRWCF The hand warmers are so lovely! Gorgeous colors. 4d
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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 ❤️ 1mo
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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 1mo
TheKidUpstairs Betty rocks 1mo
squirrelbrain Betty is a great neighbour! ❤️ 1mo
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EvieBee What a story! 💕 1mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Love this story. 💕 We need more neighbours like Betty. 1mo
Lesliereads @squirrelbrain yes! I feel myself blessed to have made Betty‘s acquaintance this way.♥️ 1mo
Lesliereads @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego May others speak of us in the same way, one day!🙌🏾 1mo
Lesliereads @EvieBee I love when there is a real life story I get to tag to my reading of a book! 💞 1mo
SRWCF What a great story! 4d
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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 1mo
Lesliereads @bnp a bummer, but I‘m kind of glad I‘m not the only one. At least we enjoyed Home and Lila! 🦋 1mo
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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! 2mo
Suet624 ❤️❤️❤️ Harjo 2mo
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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 😊 1mo
BkClubCare Whoops - this comment was meant for your Jack post. Nevermind me. 1mo
Lesliereads @BkClubCare Thanks for the suggestion, anyway! 😊 1mo
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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! 😃 4mo
Lesliereads Thanks @megnews! 😁 4mo
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! 📚📚 4mo
Lesliereads @Kristin_Reads 👋🏾 “Reading Twins” 😍 - it seems you arrived first 😁 4mo
EvieBee I‘m considering buy The Personal Librarian for the same reason! 😁 4mo
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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. 4mo
EvieBee I didn‘t realize what a chunky book this was! How many pages? 4mo
Lesliereads @EvieBee 797 pages! 😁 It‘s been a minute since I‘ve read one this size. 4mo
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EvieBee @Lesliereads Wow! I haven‘t in years. I cant wait to hear what you think. 💕💕 4mo
Lesliereads Are you down fir the page count @SamAnne? 4mo
SamAnne @Lesliereads hah! If it‘s an immersive book I love a chunkster! 4mo
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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!! 💙 4mo
Nute That is pretty! 4mo
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EvieBee Beautiful! I do too! I‘m known to hug them. 🤓 4mo
sharread Me too especially the Willow Tree. ❤ 4mo
batsy Yes! 🌳🌳🌳 4mo
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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! 4mo
SamAnne Finally got around to reading Adrienne Rich this year, some essays and poems. Plan to read more. 4mo
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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. 4mo
merelybookish I listened to it earlier this year. I thought it was excellent! 4mo
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!☝🏾 4mo
EvieBee I own the kindle edition and have not read but now…I seriously need a physical copy on my shelf. Lovely review. 🤗♥️ 4mo
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. 4mo
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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. 💕 5mo
batsy Yes! Stunning photo. 5mo
DivineDiana I too can not resist beautiful illustrations. Gorgeous! 5mo
Lesliereads @EvieBee @batsy 💕Thank you!💕 4mo
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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. 5mo
Lesliereads @EvieBee Glad to have your company, especially since this came highly recommended from a trusted reading friend 🤷🏽‍♀️ 5mo
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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. ❤️ 5mo
Lesliereads @DivineDiana Mine too. 💕 5mo
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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! 😍 5mo
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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! 5mo
Lesliereads @DivineDiana That‘s always a goal of mine, too!🤩 5mo
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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! 7mo
Lesliereads @EvieBee I, too, love Perveen! 5mo
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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! ❤️❤️ 7mo
Lesliereads @EvieBee ♥️❤️😍🥰 7mo
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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. 7mo
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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. 🏆 7mo
Lesliereads @Lindy Agreed! Despite my description, reading this book does not inspire pity, but something more fortifying. 7mo
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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! 10mo
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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. 11mo
Blueberry Wow! Wonderful work. 11mo
tenar Amazing! Thank you for introducing us! 11mo
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arubabookwoman Is that a quilt or a painting? Whichever, it's besutiful. 11mo
Eggs Beautiful ❣️ 11mo
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.💙 11mo
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. 11mo
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 🤗 11mo
UwannaPublishme 😍😍😍 10mo
Lesliereads @Eggs Thank you for your generous comments🙏🏾❤️ yes, I am a writer; what about you? 10mo
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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! 🎉🎉🎉🍰 1y
CaffeineAndCandy ʜᴀᴘᴘʏ ʙɪʀᴛʜᴅᴀʏ ᴛᴏ ʏᴏᴜ! 🎂 🎊🎈🎁 1y
Soubhiville Yay! Happy Birthday! 1y
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Hooked_on_books Happy Birthday! 🎂 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Happy birthday! 🥳 1y
batsy Happy birthday! 🎈🎂❤️ 1y
Tanisha_A Happy birthday 🎂 1y
Lesliereads @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy @Tanisha_A I appreciate your wishes! 🥰❤️♥️ 1y
JazzFeathers Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!! 1y
Lesliereads @JazzFeathers Yaaaaay!🙏🏾🎈 1y
Afua Happy Birthday!! 🥳🥳🥳 1y
Lesliereads @Afua Thank you, Afua❣️ 1y
readordierachel Happy belated birthday! 🎉🎈💕 1y
Lesliereads Thanks for helping me keep the celebration going @readordierachel 🎊🍰🌹 1y
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!💕 13mo
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Clarence Major (b.1936) is a prolific writer who is also under appreciated. My 👀 landed on this new collection of his work while rewarding myself with a twirl around the library after dropping off my ballot at the Board of Election Commissioners, yesterday. #clarencemajor

* What under appreciated writers are you curious about?

Anna40 I would say Mascha Kaléko but she's no longer underappreciated;). Thanks for recommending Clarence Major. My library has one of his short story collections Chicago Heat and other stories. Looking forward to reading them :) 1y
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Episode 9 of the HBO series, “Lovecraft Country” - loosely inspired by the book - includes the moving voice and words of poet, Sonia Sanchez (b. 1934). Here, she is signing a copy of her book, Morning Haiku, for me in 2012. #soniasanchez #morninghaiku

readordierachel What a great photo ❤ 1y
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Morning Haiku | Sonia Sanchez
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I am aware that the HBO series, “Lovecraft Country” was only inspired by the book of the same name....but episode 9 was so fierce! 🔥It also includes the voice and the words of poet, Sonia Sanchez (but not this book); so I am posting my modest collection of her books. #soniasanchez #poetry #lovecraftcountry

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The Warmest December | Bernice L. McFadden
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As Hy-Lo lies in the hospital, his sole visitor-his daughter, Kenzie Lowe-confronts the raw memories of how alcoholism impacted the collective and individual lives of their family. The story is tense, tender, terrible, and wise; but also redemptive. McFadden‘s storytelling is gripping and urgent, yet, merciful.
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I had to shed a few tears on this one.
#bernicelmcfadden

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Sugar: A Novel | Bernice L. McFadden
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Bernice McFadden poured love and richly descriptive prose into this raw, hurting story about generations of African-American women‘s lives, tragedies, and balms in the claustrophobic southern town of Bigelow, roughly between the years 1940 to 1955. Yes, Sugar Lacey is a pariah and a whore, but her history is intertwined with nearly everyone else‘s - whether they know it or not. 💞💔#bernicemcfadden

SW-T Love McFadden! Always enjoy reading her works. 🥰 1y
Lesliereads @SW-T This is my 3rd book of hers-I‘m going to read more😊 1y
she.epeolatry One of my faves 1y
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23 poems that employ language associated with food, recipes, and cooking to address a range of topics including reading, social studies, courage, adventure, patience, and magic. Thoughtful and fun, with bright, appealing illustrations. #childrensbooks #poetryforyoungpeople #poetryforchildren #illustratedbooks #childrenspoetry

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Fortune-telling✅ Match-making✅ Meddlesome family members✅ more than one romance✅ Parisian dining, backdrops, and museums✅ yummy-sounding teas✅ frothy & convenient occurrences✅ borrowed from the library✅

Fun to turn to while absorbing heavier reads

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Per my previous post: now I pose a new question: If you see a badge or sticker on a library book that says “African American,” does that attract you to it? Does it imply that the book is only going to be of African American interest or concern? Or does it help you to know that the author is African American? #currentlyreading #isabelwilkerson #casteinamerica

Anna40 Interesting question: I think African American author but I've never seen it in my library. 1y
Hooked_on_books Interesting. I haven‘t seen this, but library stickers I am accustomed to seeing are usually topic or genre stickers. I think an “African American” sticker might dissuade some white readers and draw others. I‘m not sure there‘s a benefit but I don‘t know what the research would show. 1y
Hooked_on_books The more I think about it, the more I feel this is othering. This is a history book and should have that tag. Stephen Ambrose‘s books would be labeled “history” and not “white.” They should follow the same process with this book. 1y
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Lindy I have an analogy, as a Canadian. My local library uses spine labels to identify Indigenous authors; those labels attract me, a nonIndigenous reader. I think Indigenous readers will likely have different experiences with these books than I do, but I still want to read them. 1y
Lindy We also have labels that identify Canadian authors. It‘s hard to determine which authors are Canadian just by browsing the shelves. 1y
ValerieAndBooks I wonder if it‘s more acceptable if the stickers go on non-fiction titles. Not sure it‘s necessary for fiction. Being Deaf myself I know I wouldn‘t mind seeing “deaf” stickers on non-fiction. But, not sure deaf authors of fiction (which are very few, alas) would want to be “labeled” as such. 1y
Lesliereads @Lindy thanks for sharing that your Canadian library has stickers for both Indigenous AND Canadian authors. This helps me understand that such stickers are helpful for readers all over; and that African-American authors are not being negatively set apart. 1y
Lesliereads @ValerieAndBooks thank you for your perspective - it‘s one I would not have come up with on my own. It‘s funny how an author may not want to be “labeled” as anything besides “Author,” but, for readers, it is often important to know when we are reading more broadly than the CASTE system of authors favored in many of our education systems. 1y
Lesliereads @Hooked_on_books I think you are right about “African American” stickers dissuading some readers AND drawing some readers. Maybe the intent of introducing some of these “identity stickers” was to help readers appreciate and locate authors not commonly read, referenced, or taught in western Eurocentric institutions 🤔.... 1y
Lesliereads @Anna40 thanks for participating in my survey 😁 1y
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Today I am going to call the Chicago Public Library to ask about the criteria for the “African American” sticker which is placed on certain books. I know that Isabel Wilkerson is a Black Woman but this book is more than “African American interest”! I‘m kind of pissed!

I am reminded of a piece that N.K. Jemisin wrote years ago about NOT wanting her books to show up in segregated sections of bookstores and libraries...

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Hazel2019 I‘d be interested in knowing what they say. Does the book then reside within the African-American section if it has the sticker or is it an additional marker (not a section indicator)? 1y
LoveLightJoy Definitely worth pursuing. #notsorry 1y
ValerieAndBooks Interesting point. It might be also be currently residing in the New Releases section that many libraries have. I‘m curious what they‘ll say! 1y
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Lesliereads @Hazel2019 @LoveLightJoy @ValerieAndBooks Thanks for chiming-in. So I just got off the phone and what I learned is that branch librarians can choose how and when the stickers are used - it is not system-wide. In this case it was employed because the author is African American. This copy has a “New Book” sticker as well. 1y
LoveLightJoy Hmmmm ok how do you feel about that response? 1y
Lesliereads @LoveLightJoy you just had to ask! 😅 Well, I understand the logic (AND old enough to remember when “Afro-American” became a category to help people find what was then fewer black authors in the stacks). But now I sometimes wonder if it makes readers think the subject matter is exclusively Black? btw I have also seen the “African American” sticker on books by Caribbean and African authors. *shrugs* 1y
ValerieAndBooks This has got me thinking. I wonder if they use the Dewey Decimal System and if so where it‘ll be shelved, when it‘s no longer considered a new book. 1y
LoveLightJoy @Lesliereads I know... #notsorry It‘s just a check in, so you are always heard. I hear 👂🏿 you. I feel the same way, I‘m glad, in one respect, that our books 📚 are present in all libraries. That‘s a great reality to enjoy, but I also feel that some authors may feel slighted that they are not in the category of their genre.African American | Black British or Black Writers are not genres. *also shrugs* 1y
LoveLightJoy @ValerieAndBooks Very good point. If I wrote crime fiction, I‘d like my books to be in the crime fiction section. 1y
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This ode to Jane Austen‘s Pride & Prejudice is set at the beginning of the 21st century in Pakistan, and is full of culturally-specific recipes, fashions, and language, as well as tons of references to contemporary women‘s literature. The storytelling is smart, humorous, decorative, and totally lacking in subtlety - making it addictively jaw-dropping, eye-rolling, and fun to read.

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#Librarylove
Been waiting in a long-ass library reserve queue for Lost Children Archive as well as Caste (which my library had yet to receive) and both became available to me this week - yay! 😁 Found the tagged title on the “new books” shelf and thought it might add a touch of easy sweetness to the stack. 🍭🍬

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“Keep your distance without keeping your distance. Let him caress you without coming anywhere near you. Coo sweet somethings into his ears without opening your mouth. Before he even realizes there is a trap, he will have proposed. Do you understand?” - Mrs. Binat, mother of Alys, Jena, Mari, Qitty, and Lady. #fishingforhusbands #prideandprejudice