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spinesvines

Joined May 2016

a love affair with books and wine
instagram | twitter | tumblr ➡️ @spinesvines
#spinesvines #diversespines #spinetalk
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Pride by Ibi Zoboi
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If You Leave Me by Crystal Kim
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Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
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If Beale Street Could Talk | James A Baldwin
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🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷 Cheers!
My emotions are over the place after reading this novel! #JamesBaldwin leaves me heartbroken & in awe every time I finish one of his books. This story of young love in the face of injustice has left me speechless. How is it that I‘m reading a book from 1974 & it feels like 2018! 44 years later, #IfBealeStreetCouldTalk is relevant & timely. Baldwin truly had his pulse on what was wrong (and still is) with America. ⁣#spinesvines

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Whiskey & Ribbons | Leesa Cross-Smith
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“What no one tells you about grief is that you don‘t want to figure out a way to live with it—you want the part of you that hurts to die instead” 🥃🎀 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
A police officer has been killed, his widow is pregnant & she falls in love with his brother. Whoa! A beautiful debut. I loved how stories from the past intersect with the present. The element of music guides you through family dynamics, love & grief. #spinesvines #diversespines

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And Still I Rise | Maya Angelou
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As I look back over the tragic events of last week, it saddens my soul. We need more inclusion, #love & #kindness. Let‘s spread some love & light with #beKINDspines stacks! Share an inspirational message via your stack⁣ 📚💖

freedom is a constant struggle⁣
and still I rise ⁣
god help the child⁣
speak no evil ⁣
behold the dreamers⁣
the sun does shine ⁣

Wishing you a great week ☀️

#spinesvines #diversespines #spinepoetry #mondaymotivation

lynneamch Beautiful thoughts. Thank you. 💖 13mo
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Praise Song for the Butterflies | Bernice L. McFadden
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🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷/5 Cheers!⁣⁣
I went into this book completely blind. Once I discovered the subject matter, I went to google to educate myself on Trokosi. The setting is a fictional West African country & Abeo Kata is a 9 y.o. girl who is ripped from her privilege lifestyle when her father forces her to become a slave in a religious sect. ⁣⁣This was a haunting & heartbreaking read that stayed with me weeks after I finished. #spinesvines #diversespines

Notafraidofwords I‘ve read all her books and they are all like that. Haunting and beautiful. 13mo
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Pride | Ibi Zoboi
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#TGIF, we made it! HOLY STACKS! #DiverseSpines highlights reading more women of color & this stack from @MsBsZenLife is amazing!⁣

I‘m reading PRIDE by #IbiZoboi & loving it. ⁣It‘s a retelling of Austen‘s classic. The story follows a family with Afro-Latino roots dealing with their gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood.

What are you reading this weekend?⁣

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#spinesvines #books #wine #readmorewomen #PRIDEremix #fridayreads #fridayfeeling

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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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Words Have Power, Read A Banned Book!
It‘s #BannedBooksWeek 📖✊🏽 What banned book are you reading?

I read my first Toni Morrison book, #THEBLUESTEYE, in 2016. I‘m kind of ashamed to say that I‘ve never read #BELOVED. But no time like the present.
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#spinesvines #books #wine #diversespines #bannedbooks #fridayreads #tgif #tonimorrison #wocwriters #fallreading

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“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou

Re-reading a #BannedBook!

#spinesvines #books #wine #diversespines #bannedbooksweek #iknowwhythecagedbirdsings #mayaangelou #wocwriters #rereading #sundayfunday

CoffeeNBooks I love Maya Angelou. I discovered this book in high school, and proceeded to read everything she wrote. 1y
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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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What are the odds that on the very day of #ManBooker2018 shortlist announcement, one of the authors on the list is at my local #independentbookstore 👏🏽🙌🏽. What luck!! It was such a pleasure meeting Esi Edugyan and I‘m looking forward to reading WASHINGTON BLACK! Congrats Esi! 📚🥂

#spinesvines #books #wine #diversespines #washingtonblack #esiedugyan #wocwriters #unionmarketdc #politicsandprose

saresmoore Neat! 1y
MicheleinPhilly That‘s so fantastic! 1y
Jeannie So cool! 1y
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OMG! This book is what storytelling is all about. I can't even describe how this book captivated me. The pace, writing style & characters were perfectly weaved into a beautiful story. Although quite heartbreaking there was an element of survival, love, resilience & redemption that was absolutely exquisite. I'm still thinking about this book days later. The audiobook was perfect!🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷/5 Cheers #wherethecrawdadssing #mustread #spinesvines

PutnamKatie ❤️🌾❤️🌾 1y
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#throwbackthursday to the wonderful #PoliticsandProse book event with R.O. Kwon & the amazing #LiteraryCocktails crafted by Chantal Tseng at #ReadingRoomDC! 📚🍷🔥 A grand night spent w/awesome people & my book boo @Lupita.Reads 💞

The Incendiaries was a mind blowing read (no pun intended)! My first thought was “what the hell am I reading?!” (In a good way) Profoundly powerful & the prose so unique! #spinesvines #diversespines #theincendiaries

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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue
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#DiverseSpines | Day 10 My Kind of Books

#DiverseBooks are my kind of #books!! I believe that reading diverse books allows one to grow & expand. You open yourself up to experience cultures & human conditions that are unlike your own. However, I‘ve often discovered that there is always a situation or condition that the reader can relate to or empathize with. Diversity is vital in fostering empathy. ❤️ #spinesvines #diversity #photochallenge

leigha_land I love this photo! ❤️ you have such a great representation of, what I‘m sure is, a great personal library! 1y
Weaponxgirl I completely agree, making sure that I focused on diverse authors has only helped me find great books that I might not have heard about before as they often aren't marketed as strongly 1y
WhatDeeReads Love. 😍 1y
WomanistBibliophile Yes, books foster empathy! I wonder if this relates to the tendency for boys not to be readers as much as girls (and how men who are readers often seem entrenched in reading and promoting the work of men) 1y
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Monsoon Mansion: A Memoir | Cinelle Barnes
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#DiverseSpines | Day 9 Book and Drink

A lovely Spine & Vine on #winewednesday! La Spinetta Rosê & MONSOON MANSION by Cinelle Barnes ??

#spinesvines #books #wine #photochallenge #day9 #bookanddrink #roseallday #monsoonmansion

Linsy That cover!!! 🤩 1y
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#DiverseSpines | Day 8 Cover Love

How are women, and artists, "seen" and judged by their age, race, and looks? And how does this seeing change, depending upon what is asked of the viewer? What does it mean when someone states (as one teacher does) that "you will never be an Artist"—who defines "an Artist," and all that goes with such an identity, & how are these ideas tied to our shared conceptions of beauty, value, and difference? #spinesvines

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Feel Free: Essays | Zadie Smith
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#DiverseSpines | Day 7 Spine Poetry

I‘m loving my spine poetry either way you read it!

Where The Line Bleeds
The Perfect Find
A Kind of Freedom
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Feel Free
A Kind of Freedom
The Perfect Find
Where The Line Bleeds

#spinesvines #books #wine #photochallenge #day7 #spinepoetry

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Girls Burn Brighter | Shobha Rao
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#DiverseSpines | Day 6 Book Rec
I can‘t recommend this book enough. GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER is a timely and harrowing portrayal of human trafficking, cultural misogyny and the battles still fought every day by millions of women worldwide. This past weekend @Lupita.Reads & I were fortunate to have #ShobhaRao join our #LITonHSt bookclub meeting to discuss her stunning novel. 📚🔥

#spinesvines #photochallenge #girlsburnbrighter #bookclub

Frecks-Booklover4life How amazing! Great pic as well! 1y
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The Book of Harlan | Bernice L. McFadden
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#DiverseSpines Day 5 Book in the Air
I adored this book. You are transported back in time & deposited into monumental eras of history. Her prose exquisitely glides the reader through the Great Migration of blacks from the south to the north, the Harlem Renaissance, WWII, the Holocaust, the turbulent Civil Rights Era, the assassinations of JFK and MLK, Jr., ending with the tumultuous 1970s, a continuation of the 1960s. #spinesvines #thebookofharlan

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#DiverseSpines | Day 4 Weekend Vibes
“If you are disgusted by what you see, & if you feel the fire coursing through your veins, then it's up to you. You don't have to be the leader of a global movement or a household name... It can be passing on knowledge & skills to those who wouldn't access them otherwise. It can be creative. It can be informal. It can be your job. It doesn't matter what it is, as long as you're doing something.” #spinesvines

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Whiskey & Ribbons | Leesa Cross-Smith
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#diversespines | Day 3 Summer Reads ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🎶...Summer, summer, summertime. Time to sit back and unwind. 🎶 - #WillSmith

It‘s the first day of summer & I love summertime reading! I‘m looking forward to my Diverse Spines lineup and also seeing what you all are reading! 🌞📚🍷 ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
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June 2018 -WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST
July 2018 - FRESHWATER
August 2018 - WHISKEY & RIBBONS

#spinesvines #photochallenge #day3 #summerreads

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#diversespines | Day 2 Book & Food
The one thing I love more than books & wine is FOOD!🍴🌮😋
“This book provokes us to look beyond the label of “victim” and recognize the power of the imagination to transcend even the most profound injuries and aftershocks. Devastating yet beautiful, & bracingly original, it is a powerful testament to her commitment to constructing a life on her own terms.”
#spinesvines #photochallenge#thegirlwhosmiledbeads

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🍷🍷🍷🍷 Cheers #diversespines | Day 1 Book Quotes
“Life, inexhaustible, goes on. And we do too. Carrying our wounds and our medicines as we go. Ours is an amazing, a spectacular, journey in the Americas. It is so remarkable one can only be thankful for it, bizarre as that may sound. Perhaps our planet is for learning to appreciate the extraordinary wonder of life that surrounds even our suffering, & to say Yes, if through the thickest of tears.”

Weaponxgirl This book was wonderful and a great quote to pick 1y
spinesvines @Weaponxgirl - thank you 📚💖 1y
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Today is the day! The first day of the #DiverseSpines #photochallenge! 12 days of posting books written by women of color! 📚📸🖤👸🏽
#spinesvines #books #wine #poc #diversity #diversityinreading #womenauthorsofcolor #whorunstheworld #juneteenth

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Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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I‘m ready for summer reading, are you? The #diversespines reading challenge focuses on reading literature by women authors of color. We‘ve had some great selections so far. Here‘s the lineup! What‘s on your #summer #reading list?☀️📚🍷

June
📖 WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST by Patrisse Khan-Cullors

July
📖 FRESHWATER by Akwaeke Emezi

August
📖 WHISKEY & RIBBONS by Leesa Cross-Smith

#spinesvines #WTCYAT #Freshwater #WhiskeyandRibbons

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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Opens book... raises eyebrows... gasps... sighs... WOW! And that‘s my reaction after only reading the prologue. Tommy Orange drops the mic early & I‘m officially hooked.

“Getting us to cities was supposed to be the final, necessary step in our assimilation, absorption, erasure, the completion of a five-hundred-year-old genocidal campaign. But the city made us new, and we made it ours.”

Thanks #aaknopf for the free copy!

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saresmoore Yowza! 1y
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My bookish week continues! So thrilled to meet one of my favorite poets last night! I‘m obsessed with her words. She can write two sentences or only a few words and blow me away. I read a few pages of BONE every day. I‘m so excited about her new memoir ‘The Terrible‘. Do yourself a huge favor and get to know Yrsa Daley-Ward!! She‘s incredible!! #spinesvines #books #wine #bone #theterrible #yrsadaleyward #diversespines #bookworm

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Florida | Lauren Groff
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What a fun night with Lauren Groff at Politics and Prose Bookstore. Her infectious and witty personality was so refreshing. I can‘t wait to read Florida and I still need to read Fates and Furries!
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#spinesvines #books #wine #dcevents #bookevent #laurengroff #florida #fatesandfurries #mondaymotivation #bookish

saresmoore What a great picture! I‘m really looking forward to Florida, too. 1y
emilyhaldi Lovely pic!! You must read F&F- so good!! 👏🏻 1y
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🍷🍷🍷/5 Cheers
What an interesting cast of characters not to mention the suspense of a missing baby. Molloy delivers the right amount of thrills & plot twists to keep the reader engaged as she takes you into the lives of the May Mothers; a support group of new mothers. It took me a moment to get in the groove during the first half of the book but the second half picked up the pace & was quite entertaining. #spinesvines #theperfectmother

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Heads of the Colored People: Stories | Nafissa Thompson-Spires
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I‘m closing out the final week of short story month with these beauties! What short story collection have you read this month?

#spinesvines #books #wine #shortstorymonth #shortstories #diversespines #memorialday #blackswans #evebabitz #headsofthecoloredpeople #nafissathompsonspires #whatitmeanswhenamanfallsfromthesky #lesleynnekaarimah

Weaponxgirl I'm reading this book in translation and loving it right now. A dark fairytale vibe. 2y
CSeydel How did I miss that it was short story month? I am hosting the short story swap! I read Night Shift earlier this month, and I have this one ready to go: 2y
UrsulaMonarch I‘m reading 2/3 of those pictured but have not heard of Black Swans! How is it? 1y
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🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷/5 Cheers
This book is everything, absolutely exhilarating! Cooper‘s passion for black women & girls radiates throughout this book. It‘s hard not to have your blood pressure go up a notch and your heart race a little faster while reading this book. I screamed out loud, laughed, said amen & preach Brittney! She spares the feelings of no one & I fully appreciate her take it or leave it unapologetic #blackfeminist truth telling #spinesvines

Weaponxgirl I thought this one was great! I loved her take down on men who have feminist rhetoric down pat but don't actually support the women in their life emotionally. I was screeching this is what I've been talking about 2y
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Save the date 📆 June 19-30! Summer is coming #Littens! Join me for a 12 day DIVERSE SPINES #photochallenge focusing on posting books written by women of color. Share with your #Litsy or #Instagram friends! Be sure to use the #diversespines hashtag. 📚📸 ☀️

For more info: https://instagram.com/p/Bi9kRzEFLQ1/

#spinesvines #books #wine #woc #readingwomen #readingchallenge #diversity #bookish #booklovers #summerreading

Weaponxgirl Love this, I'm in 👍 2y
spinesvines Yay!! 2y
Linsy Sold! 💖 2y
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Speak No Evil | Uzodinma Iweala
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#Rose on #Humpday & a 🍷🍷🍷🍷Cheers read. A heartbreaking story of a young black male struggling w/his sexuality, friendships as well as existing in his community & a strict privileged Nigerian family. This was an intense read focusing on gender and racial politics. I was quite angry during the second half. However, I loved that the story was told from two perspectives Niru,a young black man and Meredith, a white female. #mustread #spinesvines

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The Gunners: A Novel | Rebecca Kauffman
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🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷/5 Cheers
The Gunners is a story about friendship, family, love, secrets & loss. Mikey, Jimmy, Sam, Alice, Sally, &Lynn are a group of childhood friends who reunite when they are in their 30s after a member of their group commits suicide. The story is set in present day with nuanced moments from the past weaved into the story. I was completely invested in all of the characters throughout their entire journey. #spinesvines

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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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🍷🍷🍷🍷/5 Cheers!

#AnAmericanMarriage had me on an emotional rollercoaster & I‘m still thinking about it 4 weeks later. Tayari delivered an authentic story with many themes & layers. Whether you are talking about the roles of fathers, class, education, marriage, black men in America, the American justice system, family or love this book will catapult you into a wide rage of conversations. A thought provoking #mustread for all! #spinesvines

Chelleo Glad you liked it. I had a few issues with Celestial and Roy but loved the writing. 2y
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I regret nothing, not even eating jellybeans with my tea 😂🐣🐰

🍷🍷🍷/5 Cheers!
An entertaining read filled with juicy family drama, secrets, lies & scandal. The book opens with Laila at her mother‘s funeral where she encounters three strangers. It is revealed that these guests are her wealthy first cousins Laila never knew existed. She desires to attain the elite social class that her last name demands among the upper echelon in NYC.

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What We Lose | Zinzi Clemmons

This is what it's really like to lose. It is complete and irreversible. How pernicious these little things called memories are. They barbed me once but now that I no longer have many of them I am devastated.

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What We Lose | Zinzi Clemmons
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🍷🍷🍷/5 A debut novel explores 'what we lose' when we lose a parent. Good not great. I would have preferred to have more content surrounding her mother's illness, their relationship & the movement through grief. Although there are glimpses of these items, I wanted more. The second half of the book was more substantive. Towards the end of the book Clemmons begans to explain her movement through grief with beautiful prose & then the book ends.

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🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷/5 Cheers⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Through triumphs & tragedy Lewis keeps it real in this hilarious, laugh out loud, honest & down to earth memoir. She lays it all on the line sharing her life experiences & her battle with mental illness. I'm glad I chose to listen to the audiobook. The true essence of her spirit, joys & pains are revealed magically. Her voice & animation draws you in immediately. A wonderful & fulfilling listening experience!

Cedricsmom Agreed! 🥂 2y
Chelleo I love me some Jeni! This book!! 😍😍😍 2y
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🍷🍷🍷🍷/5 Cheers!
This book was like sitting with a close friend and dissecting your daily walk in America. The topics & descriptions will be familiar for people of color but quite insightful and shocking for others. It can be viewed as a handbook or memoir but the message is clear, let‘s get uncomfortable and have a legitimate conversation about race! The delivery of this important topic is accessible & personable. A must read for EVERYONE!

JanJan I just finished this, too. Amazing! 2y
Jess7 Loved this book!!! 2y
spinesvines @JanJan @Jess7 - Agreed, such a great read. Everyone should read this one! 2y
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The House of Broken Angels | Luis Alberto Urrea
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Cheers to #winewednesday & #bookmail! Thank you @LittleBrownBooks for THE HOUSE OF BROKEN ANGELS! So excited to read this one 📚🍷

#spinesvines #books #wine #thehouseofbrokenangels #booklover

MyBookLife I am so jealous right now 😍 2y
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A Kind of Freedom: A Novel | Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
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Rating: 🍷🍷🍷/5 Cheers!

#ReadSoulLit Day 3/28 - A Family Saga ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
A KIND OF FREEDOM is a superb debut novel illuminating a multigenerational exploration of an African American family shaped by the limits of freedom, race and class. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀

#spinesvines #books #wine #diversespines #photochallenge #blackhistorymonth #akindoffreedom

Chelleo Love this cover. #BlackLitsy #Blitsy 2y
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Bone | Yrsa Daley-Ward
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Rating: 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷/5 Cheers

#ReadSoulLit Day 2/28 - Best Book of 2017 ⠀
A stunning & captivating book of poetry. Beautiful prose, range & depth.

“what is now will soon be past

Just because you do it
doesn't mean you always will.
Whether you are dancing dust
or breathing light
you're never exactly the same,⠀
twice.”
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#spinesvines #books #wine #diversespines #blackhistorymonth #photochallenge #poetry #bone #yrsadaleyward

cocomass Loved this one! 2y
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Stay With Me | Ayobami Adebayo
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Rating: 🍷🍷🍷🍷/5 Cheers!

Pure beauty! I was completely invested in the characters and was anxiously waiting with each turn of the page to see how their stories unfolded. It was a heartbreaking journey to travel with Yejide through her life experiences as a mother and wife. I love the way this story was delivered with grace and authenticity.

#spinesvines #books #wine #diversespines #spinetalk #bookreview #staywithme

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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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Rating: ????/5 Cheers!
If you knew the date that you would die, how would that knowledge impact your movement through life and the decisions that you made? I can't stop thinking about this book. I don't know what I loved more- the characters, the execution, the pace, the simplicity or just the overall premise. Beautifully crafted words which allowed each sibling‘s voice to radiate from the pages. A very thought provoking read. #spinesvines

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🔟 - #countdownto2018 ⏰⏳🎊⠀⠀⠀ ⠀

Favorite Non-Fiction of 2017
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#2017review #spinesvines #books #wine #killersoftheflowermoon #davidgrann #mustread

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Grant | Ron Chernow
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I love Saturday mornings...☕️📖
Currently listening to my first Ron Chernow book
🎧 GRANT!⠀⠀⠀ ⠀

#spinesvines #books #wine #audiobook #grant #ronchernow

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Not only did I get to meet this living legend and national treasure, I was able to share this wonderful night with @Lupita.Reads 🤗 I️ am looking forward to reading Nikki Giovanni‘s latest book of poetry. She was phenomenal! #latepost #nikkigiovanni #agoodcry #politicsandprose #spinesvines #books #wine

emilyhaldi Great pic!! 👍🏻 2y
Tamra Wonderful pic! 2y
Lupita.Reads Yay!!!!! Such a good night and such a great memory! 2y
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This was SO special!! Tom Hanks in conversation with Ann Patchett. What a grand way to close out a very bookish week!
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#aboutlastnight #spinesvines #books #wine #tomhanks #uncommontype #hanx #annpatchett

cocomass Oooh a Politics and Prose event! I love that place 😍 2y
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Without a doubt my local independent bookstore, Politics and Prose, delivers the best events! What an amazing night with Amy Tan! I can't wait to read her latest memoir? Has anyone read this one yet??

#spinesvines #books #wine #toread #wherethepastbegins #amytan

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Home Fire: A Novel | Kamila Shamsie
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🍷🍷🍷/ 5 Cheers! The cover alone will draw you to this book. The overwhelming accolades will intrigue you enough to read it. There wasn't much I'll remember about this novel except for the ending. The story started off intriguing, there wasn't much grandeur or character enhancement. This is the story of a Muslim family living in Britian whose lives are torn apart by the ideology of jihad, racism, terrorism, civil rights, torture & love.

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this is the recipe of life⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
said my mother⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
as she held me in her arms as i wept⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
think of those flowers you plant⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
in the garden each year⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
they will teach you⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
that people too⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
must wilt⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
fall⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
root⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
rise⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
in order to bloom⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
- rupi kaur, the sun and her flowers 🌞🌻

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