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A Christmas Memory | Truman Capote
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How many magical childhood years I lay awake listening and convincing myself I‘d heard such a sound.

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A Christmas Memory | Truman Capote
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Bookwormjillk This is one of my favorites. I got it from the library this week and am looking forward to some quiet time with it over Thanksgiving. 1h
megnews @Bookwormjillk I‘ve never read anything by Capote. I‘m enjoying this one. 1h
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My heart is breaking. 💔💔💔😭😭😭

Anna40 Oh my goodness! I don't think I could read it. It sounds heartbreaking 11h
KristenDuck Yesss I‘m on hold for this with Libby!! 11h
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#mgbuddyread

I‘m really loving this book.

Lmstraubie I'm loving your quotes ❤️❄️ 1d
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Deifio Lovely quote 😍❤️😍 2d
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Like all of Albom‘s other books, Finding Chika is breaking my heart. Reading in small bites to prolong getting to the inevitable ending.

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Wow. I never knew the history of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and the good that it brings. A sweet picture book for Christmas.

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Lilli de Jong: A Novel | Janet Benton
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When I‘m hosting, I try to stick to the reading schedule but it‘s hard not to get swept away with this story as many have. I want to know what happens with Lilli & Charlotte next. So glad it seems Lilli can be sure Charlotte is safe now. I‘m heading into Notebooks 6-7 today. But first, how do you think the death of Lilli‘s mother affected the course of her life?

shellleigh33 I believe that Lillie was very saddened by the death of her mother but that also her mother taught her very valuable life lessons during her lifetime (edited) 4d
sblbooks It totally changed it. She would not have been as likely to sleep with Johan.Lili would have never left home or been kicked out if her mother had lived. She probably would have been able to keep her teaching job. 4d
Chrissyreadit I think it absolutely changed everything. It sounded like her mother wanted her to marry Johan. I think Lilli also sought comfort from Johan. And she would have needed less comfort had she still been teaching and had her mother. 4d
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Chrissyreadit I am surprised by this seeming cruelty of the Quakers. I thought they were more peaceful and less judgmental but now I wonder if my understanding was wrong, or if meetings varied by congregation, or if this was a plot device. 4d
CoffeeNBooks I definitely think the death of her mother, as well as her dad remarrying so soon after, affected the course of her life so much. I definitely think so many things would have been different for Lilli if her mom had lived. I also think things would have been different for her if Patience wasn't such a horrible person. 4d
megnews @chrissyreadit I had similar thoughts about the Quakers. Maybe it is similar to Amish or Jehovah‘s Witness where the purpose of “shunning” is to bring the person back in the fold. I thought it was cruel to remove Lilli from teaching because of her father. 4d
Chrissyreadit @CoffeeNBooks I finished the book and could not remember when Patience came in. That is one hard woman. It made me wonder about her father. 4d
megnews @shellleigh33 @Chrissyreadit @sblbooks @CoffeeNBooks Lilli may have been less likely to sleep with Johan. If she had, she could have told her mother who would have helped her. Lilli‘s mother‘s beliefs have shaped Lilli‘s willingness to follow her “Inner Light” rather than conform to expectations, gave her the drive to be a good mother, & the strength & persistence to do so. Desire to fulfill a legacy can become stronger after losing a loved one. 4d
megnews @CoffeeNBooks @Chrissyreadit I had a little patience with Patience when she wanted to get rid of Lilli. I think it was common at that time for a stepmom & because of the pregnancy. Another mouth to feed & all & attention taken from her. I couldn‘t abide her stealing Lilli‘s mother‘s things that should have been for Lilli‘s memories!! Pure greed and meanness! 4d
TheBookHippie @megnews oh I do not like Patience ugh my friend had a step mom like that so horrific!!! I think Lillis whole trajectory of her life would have been different I think, however I do believe it gave her her fighting spirit. 4d
thereadingowlvina A sudden death of a parent, especially a mother, would definitely change the dynamics of a family. It's traumatizing & may leave a child in a denial mode for a while. So, it's hard on Lilli and more so when her dad remarried so soon - to a woman who despises Lilli. It's so sad! 😔 4d
shellleigh33 @megnews her stepmom is horrible the way she has does Lillie 😡. This hurts my heart so much for her to lose her mom then this women to come in and steal what little treasures she had and kick her out. 4d
kspenmoll Losing her mother suddenly, so quickly followed by her father taking up with her step mother( who clearly wanted Lilli gone) has to have been traumatizing. When she left she had no idea what her life would be. I am glad she kept Charlotte even though it has not been easy. Her mother‘s death was life changing- she lost her brother as well. @megnews live what you said about Lilli‘s mother‘s beliefs giving Lilli permission to follow her inner light- (edited) 3d
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Lilli de Jong: A Novel | Janet Benton
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TheBookHippie So so true! 4d
Crazeedi ❤❤❤ 3d
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Lilli de Jong: A Novel | Janet Benton
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I thought of my daughter and her 8-month-old...

#LilliRead

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Lilli de Jong: A Novel | Janet Benton
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Chrissyreadit This book absolutely broke my heart a few times. 4d
TheBookHippie I so love this read! 4d
kspenmoll I love this quote & this book. Lilli is becoming an amazing human being. 3d
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#WeeklyForecast:
There‘s a high probability I will finish at least 3 of these books, if not all four.
The 🥶 front and ❄️ plus online Christmas shopping put me in the Christmas spirit. I downloaded several Christmas stories and will be reading at least one.

Cinfhen Wow!!! Christmas Spirit before Thanksgiving #BringIt ❤️💚❤️ 4d
Centique I‘m with you! We don‘t have thanksgiving so it‘s #allchristmas @Cinfhen but my 15yo won‘t let me watch any Christmas movies yet #grinchkid 😂 3d
Cinfhen Haha 😆 that‘s true...all the non US folks just go straight from fall to Christmas 🎄 @Centique (edited) 3d
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#BookReport:
✔️Finished As Bright as Heaven for #LMPBC
✔️Finished Seven Days of Us for #IRLBookClub 🎄
✔️Finished Eleven #20booksby2020
🍁#LilliRead Notebooks 4-5
🍁Finding Chika 19%
🎧 A Boy Called Christmas Ch 1-7 #mgbuddyread
🎄Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat 13%

Read next to nothing in 3 other books shown as sidetracked with different things

Freespirit Wow great week! 4d
megnews @Freespirit thanks! I felt like I wasn‘t getting much read but the #bookreport tag is showing me how much I actually did. 4d
Cinfhen I‘m always surprised by my progress as well!!! Well done 👍🏽 4d
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Seven Days of Us | Francesca Hornak
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I just spent Christmas week in quarantine with a dysfunctional family as each of their secrets slowly unravel, their lies exposed. First Christmas book of the season. Looking forward to discussing with #bookclub next month.

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Loving the chapter titles in this book.
#mgbuddyread

Tamra Cute! 5d
marleed I love a good chapter title in a funny book! 5d
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As Bright as Heaven | Susan Meissner
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This book will break your 💔 again & again. Still, one of my best reads this year and glad I picked it for #LMPBC. Can‘t wait to hear what the rest of you think. @Butterfinger will be on its way to you early next week.
Book 12 for #20booksby2020
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megnews @Butterfinger mailed As Bright as Heaven to you yesterday 2d
Butterfinger I can't wait to read it. 18h
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As Bright as Heaven | Susan Meissner
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Help me finish my 16 yo daughter‘s Christmas book box. She likes to reread old favorites. I accidentally donated her favorite Chasing Redbird to a LFL so I‘m replacing that. Another by Sharon Creech. A couple ya. Looking for an adult book. She really liked Purple Hibiscus and Normal People. Can you give me a suggestion for someone who liked those?

LibrarianRyan How about Beloved by Toni Morrison or Drowning Ruth 6d
CarolynM Maybe this one about young people struggling with family relationships (edited) 5d
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Eleven | Tom Rogers
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I love how the author threads a boy‘s love for a dog into this #middlegrade 9/11 story. An important addition to a classroom shelf or elementary library.
#20booksby2020 #BBRC #YeahBaby #DogsRule

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LibrarianRyan Yeahhh 6d
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Eleven | Tom Rogers
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tjwill I think I need to get this book. 7d
BookNAround That picture is adorable. 6d
megnews @BookNAround I started this on audio but downloaded the ebook to find a quote I wanted to post. Glad I did. Some great illustrations in this book. 6d
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Already enjoying this #mgbuddyread on my #morningcommute

🎅🎄 🎅

AnneCecilie This is one of the Christmas books I hope to read next month. 7d
megnews @AnneCecilie if you do join the #mgbuddyread discussion December 15. See @lmstraubie feed for more details. 7d
AnneCecilie Thanks for the tip. I might actually do that 😊 How do you find it so far? 7d
megnews @AnneCecilie I‘m loving it! 7d
sblbooks I'm glad to hear it's a good one. I'm going to wait till December 1st to start it, so I can count it as part of #WinterGames. 6d
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As Bright as Heaven | Susan Meissner
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What a comforting thought.

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For me it‘s my grandfather. Every time I listen to Patsy Cline, I hear his warbly voice.

Texreader Awwww! 🥰 1w
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As Bright as Heaven | Susan Meissner
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Texreader Truth even if only for a day, or even an hour (edited) 1w
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Texreader Ha! Sounds about right! 1w
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This is so true.

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Books with #BlackandWhiteCovers I‘ve read this year.

#NamasteNovember

Eggs Great display! 2w
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Lilli de Jong: A Novel | Janet Benton
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Inspiring advice though difficult at times. #LilliRead

Chrissyreadit I love the quotes you are choosing. 2w
shellleigh33 Just finished reading this book. Sorry I read ahead but it was so good. I can not wait to discuss it!!!! 5d
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Lilli de Jong: A Novel | Janet Benton
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All new moms have been there. #LilliReads

thereadingowlvina Yup 😐 2w
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Lilli de Jong: A Novel | Janet Benton
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I love the descriptions of love and awe a mother feels for her child. #LilliRead

Chrissyreadit It‘s true. The entire time I‘m reading I have a visceral sense of empathy. 2w
TheBookHippie @Chrissyreadit I feel the same way. 2w
kspenmoll @Chrissyreadit The author captures new mother/child so authentically through Lilli. “Visceral sense of empathy” is perfect! 2w
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#WeeklyForecast:
🍁Lilli de Jong Notebooks 4-5 #LilliRead
🍁Bright as Heaven #LMPBC
🍁White Fragility #NFNov
❄️ Seven Days of Us #IRLBookClub
❄️The Christmas Boutique
❄️Marley
🍁Finding Chika

Cinfhen Great graphics 2w
Cinfhen Looks like lots of good books in your forecast 2w
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Lilli de Jong: A Novel | Janet Benton
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I‘ve seen quite a few check ins for #LilliRead this week. I‘ve finished Notebooks 1-3 & moving on to the next week. How about everybody else? How do you like it so far? I really dislike Lilli‘s stepmom & I‘m wondering what happened to Johan & if we‘ll ever find out. I‘m interested in getting to the next part to see how Lilli & Charlotte make their way in the world. Lilli‘s already proven resourceful in finding the girls home herself. I‘m sure ⬇️

megnews there will be hard times but I believe with Lilli‘s spirit they‘ll prevail. I hope so. 2w
CoffeeNBooks I just started Notebook 3. I'm almost afraid to keep reading because I'm afraid there's going to be so much heartache for Lilli. 😭 I'm sure there's not going to be a storybook ending where Johan finds out about Lilli's situation and comes back for her and Charlotte, but one can always hope. Perhaps he really did mean to send for her, but something happened to keep him from being able to? 🤔 2w
kspenmoll @megnews @CoffeeNBooks The Quaker background, Lilli‘s Mother & Stepmother, her pregnancy, the Home, Charlotte‘s birth- so much in a year & Lilli is resourceful, draws strength from the women around her & her mother‘s memory. It does not feel like a storybook ending type of book; I worry about Charlotte. I wonder to if something happened to her brother & Johan- dead? Ill? Injured? 2w
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TheBookHippie @kspenmoll I wonder this too. Did they not make it??? I am loving the read. I think Lilli is going to make it but not sure how. She seems to have so much tenacity. Reading on today I can‘t wait! 2w
megnews @coffeenbooks @kspenmoll Yes, I don‘t think it will be a fairy tale ending but I‘m not quick to judge Johan yet because I wonder if something happened since her brother never contacted them. 2w
megnews @thebookhippie agree with your question and the comment about Lilli‘s tenacity. She has a fierce mother love that I believe will bring them through any tough times. (edited) 2w
thereadingowlvina I just got my library hold last night and read only the first few pages. So I'll sit out this discussion to catch up on this book. But so far, I already liking this book. I have a feeling it's going to be an emotional book! 😕 2w
megnews @thereadingowlvina me too! Glad your hold came in! 2w
Chrissyreadit @megnews @TheBookHippie @CoffeeNBooks @kspenmoll I am enjoying the complexity of Anne. I also am sad for the other girls. I like this book, and think we still shame people for things that were out of their hands, and still blame and shame women for rape, so I have an underlying sense of frustration with the world as I read it. I also think Lilli is ahead of the time but I think quakers were progressive in some ways. I am nervous about heartache (edited) 2w
sblbooks I have so many questions going around in my mind. Why would the father marry his own cousin? I agree with @megnews, she is just awful! What happened to Johan and Peter? What's going to happen to Lili next? I'm enjoying it so far. 2w
Crazeedi @sblbooks @megnews the authors lyrical language is a joy to read. Lilli's courage and strength in unspeakable situations comes through in words that tug the heart 2w
shellleigh33 I can not wait to start the next notebooks today!! I am amazed by Lilli and her strength. I somehow thing Johan will come back in the picture but I am afraid it will be not by choice. And yes that step-mom 😡 2w
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Where is Baby‘s Christmas Present? Here! (Except the Easter book which will be reserved for that holiday.)
While on business trip in Columbus this week I had a chance to visit The Book Loft for the first time and buy these gems at a great price. Will definitely return.

Chrissyreadit I love The Book Loft! 2w
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#BookReport
Finished City of Girls, 1 of my favs this year
Read:
🍁Notebooks 1-3 for #LilliRead
🍁Ch 1-24 Bright As Heaven for #LMPBC- been wanting to read this a long time & loving it
🍁20% Seven Days of Us for #IRLBookClub - ok but nothing Earth shattering so far
🍁36% White Fragility - I‘ll reserve further comment til I finish & review #NFNov
Unforecasted reads:
❄️ First Christmas read of the season, The Christmas Boutique 13%
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megnews 🍁Finished I‘m Not Dying with You Tonight for #BigLibraryRead. (edited) 2w
megnews 🍁 Finished Frida Kahlo: An Illustrated Life #NFNov 2w
Cinfhen Wow!!!! Great reading week and three books that weren‘t part of the #WeeklyForecast 👍🏽That‘s great 💕 2w
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Two girls thrown together fighting their way to safety when riot breaks out. Essential #yafiction.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#biglibraryread

#AuthenticVoice #TeenAngst #BBRC

Book 286 11/9/19

LibrarianRyan Yeahhh 2w
marleed Such a great book for discussion! 2w
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Wunderland: A Novel | Jennifer Cody Epstein
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Just got home from training in Columbus and look what arrived!!! Can‘t wait to read everyone‘s comments in my first #LMPBC book!

Kaila-ann We read this one in our group as well and I can imagine there was some pretty good discussion 😊. 2w
Crazeedi I had quite a bit to say, as you will see, 😍 2w
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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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City of Girls is a coming of age story of a well to do young woman from dropping out of college & moving into her aunt‘s playhouse in 1940s NYC through to her old age, with the impact of WWII & many adventures and mishaps along the way. The quirky, bohemian cast of characters she comes to know & love are ahead of their time & you will love them too despite their flaws, learning with her what it means to be human & a true friend. #20booksby2020

megnews This is another book I switched out from my original #20booksby2020 plan as new books continue to call my name. 2w
Cortg I want to get this for my daughter for Christmas, then read it when she‘s done 😉 2w
AmyG This is the best book I‘ve read this year. 2w
megnews @Cortg that sounds like a great plan!! 2w
megnews @amyg definitely in my top 5 2w
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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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MoonWitch94 Such a bittersweet life truth. 2w
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Am I already reading too many books at a time as usual? Yes!
Could I pass up this book from my tbr? Of course not!
I‘ve never participated in #BigLibraryRead. Has anyone else? Are you joining this one?

Hooked_on_books I haven‘t joined it before but will this month because my library has the audio! I just have to clear a small library audiobook backlog first, then I‘m good to go! 2w
Prairiegirl_reading Yep! Same here! I only had three audiobooks on loan from Libby but why not one more? 2w
CogsOfEncouragement This is my third time. The concept of so many people reading the same books amazes me and I am enthusiastic about participating again. 2w
megnews @Hooked__on__books @Prairiegirl_reading @CogsOfEncouragement I‘m almost done reading it. I see @CrowCAH is planning to post some questions here on Litsy for discussion. I‘m excited to join in. 2w
CrowCAH @megnews yup, going to post one now. 👍🏻 2w
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Come-read-with-me @megnews I just started this boom. Thanks for sharing the amazing quote. 👍🏻 2w
rsteve388 Looks like a TIL... ? Yes 4 pts 2w
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THIS.

#NFNov

rsteve388 1 pt... Tell me if it's. TIL :) 2w
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Some of my 5 ⭐️ reads #under250pages

#gratefulreads

OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚❤️ 2w
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I have to be honest and say my #WeeklyForecast in reading will probably be as accurate as a weather report but here goes:
🍁Lilli de Jong for #LilliRead
🍁As Bright as Heaven for #LMPBC
🍁White Fragility for #NFNov
🍁Seven Days of Us for #IRLBookClub
🍁City of Girls for #BBRC & #20booksby2020 -Really need to finish this ebook before the library steals it away!

Cinfhen I like your lineup!!! What does your weather forecast look like??? 3w
BookNAround Tip of the hat for that amazing simile. 😉 3w
Crazeedi I enjoyed city of girls! 3w
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megnews @Cinfhen 40s and 50s til Thursday and Friday when we‘re supposed to go down to the thirties. Ick. 3w
megnews @BookNAround why, thank you! 3w
megnews @Crazeedi I‘m about halfway through and loving it! 3w
rsteve388 1 pt and White Fragility was intense important but intense. Be ready to be held to account. 2w
Cinfhen Oh no!! 30‘s means #WinterIsComing 🌬⛄️ 2w
megnews @Cinfhen this week two days in the 20s and snow called for Tuesday! (edited) 2w
Cinfhen Yikes!!!!!! Snow! Today‘s temperature for me was a pleasant 88 degrees😜 2w
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#UnpopularOpinion so far. The academic tone at the beginning of the book was a turnoff as it‘s not what I enjoy in my personal reading. While I agree with the MANY reviews that state all white people should read this, people who need to the most are least likely. Her experience as a diversity trainer could have indicated that her tone alone would turn even the few who might pick up the book off. I‘ll stick with it for now & see how it goes. #NFNov

rsteve388 1 pt also I agree about her very academic tone. It happens throughout the whole book.. 2w
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