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Joined January 2018

high school principal, former English and history teacher of 23 years, bibliophile. https://www.goodreads.com/stacilaird
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Alternating perspectives, flashbacks, and fantastic storytelling weave throughout as the characters' journeys intertwine and interfere with each other's plans. I loved this one...not quite as much as Rules of Civility nor A Gentleman in Moscow, but still a great read.

Pip2 How did you like A Gentlemen in Moscow? My Uncle bought it for me and I am looking forward to reading it. 7h
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A Murderous Relation | Deanna Raybourn
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Book 5 is another great adventure! In addition to Veronica unwillingly getting pulled into more adventures surrounding her royal family, the story also parallels the murders by Jack the Ripper, and the author highlights the reality of his victims, the women of Whitehall, who have been written off by history as simply prostitutes.
Also, Veronica and Stoker 😍
My library doesn't have the next installments, so I guess I'll have to buy them 🤷‍♀️.

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A Dangerous Collaboration | Deanna Raybourn
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Number 4 is the best yet! Clearly this series is my summer reading addiction 😁. Fun plots, feisty characters, great banter...it's just what my summer reading list - and my tired brain - needed!

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My daughters and I combined some vacation book shopping with apartment hunting for my oldest who is moving out again. She'll be only 90 min. away, and she'll be near her brother, who left just a month ago. And I'll be down to only one child at home now ?. It's so bittersweet to watch them move out and move on. I'm thoroughly excited for them, but still ?. Meanwhile, "beach reads" was our vacation shopping theme ⛱️?

MyNamesParadise The Night Shift is really good! 5d
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The Hearts of Men: A Novel | Nickolas Butler
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I told a bookseller that I loved Shotgun Lovesongs and asked for her recommendation for my next Nickolas Butler. She recommended this one, and she didn't steer me wrong! I love his writing. As a Midwesterner, I feel he captures the setting so vividly. It's dark and moments are hard to read, but it's beautifully written.

SRWCF Looks like a lovely place to read. Enjoy! 1w
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A Treacherous Curse | Deanna Raybourn
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This series is ridiculously fun. My older daughter and I are trading them back and forth as I soak up some relaxation and a couple vacation days 🌞👓⛱️
Book 3 finds Veronica and Stoker investigating an Egyptian archeological dig gone awry. We also get more of Stoker's backstory in this one.

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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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Epic! At 1/2 way, I knew I was either going to love it or hate it. Doerr was doing something sprawling and complicated, and it had the potential to either blow me away or make me violently angry, depending on how he pulled it together. I spent the whole time mentally talking with the author: "I hope you know what you're doing." "Don't mess this up and make me regret 600+ pages!" Well, turns out, I should have trusted him all along. ⬇️

staci.reads He did know where he was going, and I'm so glad I went along for the ride. I can't even begin to summarize the multiple plot lines, so I won't try. I'll just say - gorgeous and masterful. 2w
Chelsea.Poole I loved this one too. And your porch is so nice! 😊 2w
staci.reads @Chelsea.Poole thank you 😊 2w
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I Must Betray You | Ruta Sepetys
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#GroupC Does this look correct? I'm excited for every one of these! Also looking forward to another round of #LMPBC after sitting out the last couple rounds. @kellyann28 @cwarnier @allureofbeauty

kellyann28 Looks great! These are some good picks 👏🏻 2w
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Here is most of my BotM backlog @kellyann28 @cwarnier @allureofbeauty
Let me know what you've read and which ones look most appealing! #GroupC #LMPBC

kellyann28 I have read People We Meet on Vacation and Pachinko (loved both)! I am interested most in I Must Betray You and Beautiful Country! I will say I am not into Peter Pan retellings (which I know is unpopular 😂), but would be happy with any of the others! 3w
cwarnier I have not read any of these. They all look good, 3w
allureofbeauty I‘d vote cartographers or maybe I must betray you. Or maybe the people we keep. 3w
staci.reads @allureofbeauty @cwarnier @kellyann28 I'm going with I Must Betray You. Ruta Sepetys has never let me down. Here's hoping this one's a winner too! 2w
kellyann28 Ruta Sepetys is such a good hist fic author. Excited for this one! 2w
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Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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What started as a rainy, dreary day turned sunny and beautiful in the afternoon, so I took advantage of my day off to do some patio-reading ☀️📚 This was a wonderful book that, while predictable at times, was still great storytelling and kept me hooked. This was my June #Doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3w
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A Perilous Undertaking | Deanna Raybourn
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2nd in the series, and I enjoyed it even more than the first. This is such a fun adventure, and the Veronica/Stoker dynamic is absolutely the best kind of slow burn! I look forward to diving into a few more of these this summer! And even better, I just got my older daughter to read the first one while I was reading this. Then she impatiently had to wait for me to finish book 2 and hand it over 😁

lirahlu I LOVE Veronica and Stoker! 3w
CoffeeNBooks I loved the first book, but never read any more in the series- I need to pick the series up again. 3w
mcipher What a great reading spot, too! 3w
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Midwives: A Novel | Chris Bohjalian
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This was my first from this author, and I would definitely read him again. It was compelling - I needed to keep reading to know the fates of the characters. Also, I'm a sucker for courtroom drama. It did leave me with questions about the author's purpose, though. #Authoramonth @Soubhiville

Soubhiville This one also has some courtroom drama. It‘s another earlier one I liked a lot. 4w
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Broken Horses: A Memoir | Brandi Carlile
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I became a fan of Brandi Carlile when I heard "The Story" on an episode of Grey's Anatomy and had to find out who it was. I've been hooked on her music ever since. This memoir follows her musical journey, including origin stories for many of her songs. It also explores her unique childhood and the relationships that have formed her since. She's a reflective, spiritual soul. I really enjoyed her writing. It was my June #Bookspin. @TheAromaofBooks

TNbookworm My daughter loved this book, it's on my TBR; hopefully I can read it before we see her in July. I love her music, she is so talented. And not book related but I love your yellow porch🙂 4w
Clare-Dragonfly I‘m not a big memoir reader but I adore Brandi Carlile! I‘ll have to pick this one up! 4w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4w
staci.reads @TNbookworm We are seeing her in July as well! I'm excited! And thank you 😊 2w
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It is loosely based on Romeo and Juliet, but set in 1920s Shanghai and involving a monster, a mystery, and the two heirs to their family-gangster-empire. It has gotten a lot of rave reviews, but I was underwhelmed and had a hard time making myself come back to it each time. I just couldn't get into it or care that much. I feel bad because my oldest daughter loved it and went right out to get the sequel. She's been on me to read it, but 🤷‍♀️

thereadingpal I'm reading mixed reviews about this book x) now I really wanna see for myself 4w
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Iron Widow | Xiran Jay Zhao
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Great premise, fast, entertaining read. But I have a problem with a story about a bad ass woman fighting the patriarchy when she hates all the other female characters and most of them are written as pathetic and petty. I also felt it suffered from underdeveloped world building. It's very plot/action driven and needed some depth. I have noticed this in a lot of recent YA books, ⬇️

staci.reads great buzz because they touch on hot-button topics or are written with "own-voices." I love the representation and I am thrilled about the diverse offerings in YA. But shouldn't they also have to be well-written in order to be marketed and hyped? I feel like publishers/editors have gotten lazy. If they know the premise is marketable, they rush to print, without worrying too much about the quality of writing. ⬇️ 1mo
staci.reads It then comes out sounding like semi-decent fan fiction or a great first draft of a novel. Ok, rant over. I just love YA and hate to see this happening. Young readers (and older readers who love YA) deserve better. I'm still calling it a pick because it was entertaining, but 😔. 1mo
Soubhiville Well put! I felt the same way about it. Lots of potential but needed more work. 1mo
thereadingpal I wanted to read it, but... your review is making me second guess my choice 😅 I love representation, but I also love well written books 4w
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Finished up the #SheSaid early so I could get my overdue book returned 🙈
Garza mixes her insight into politics of the past couple decades and stories of her own experiences organizing into a book about power structures and change.
This was a good read, with moments of great.
@Riveted_Reader_Melissa

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Once There Were Wolves | Charlotte McConaghy
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McConaghy writes about nature with a reverence that evokes Jack London's work - demanding respect and an awareness that nature, like humans, can be simultaneously beautiful and cruel. I loved this every bit as much as Migrations. It was my #Doublespin for May @TheAromaofBooks

Chelsea.Poole Great review. Love her books. 1mo
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The Verifiers | Jane Pek
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This was a fun mystery with a protagonist who is a book lover as well. It has mystery, family drama, diverse characters, and the beginning of potential romance in the sequel/series to come.

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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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This essay is the mic drop 🎤 moment in the book for me. I don't know if it is because she made the best case I've read for reparations or if the power of the essay comes from acting as the culmination of the other pieces, or maybe both, but either way, it packed a punch.
Feel free to comment on the final essay or the book as a whole in this thread. As I said in my review, I want to put this book in everyone's hands. #1619GroupRead

ChaoticMissAdventures I think learning so much from the other essays really sets the groundwork for people to be open to hearing what NHB has to say here. Add to that the way she lays it all out and you have an incredibly convincing argument (unless the reader is just a racist). 1mo
staci.reads @ChaoticMissAdventures agreed! It felt like it all built up to her essay, especially the essay about inheritance. 1mo
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Such a Fun Age | Kiley Reid
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There's something unsettling about a book where everyone is problematic. The relationship between Emira and Briar seems to be the only sincere relationship in the book, and it is a beautiful one. However, the rest of the characters feel one-dimensional, and I'm still not sure how I feel about the ending. I'm hovering between a Pick and a so-so.

MaureenMc Your porch! 😍 2mo
staci.reads @MaureenMc thank you 😊 It's my happy place 1mo
kspenmoll I love the yellow walls of your porch! 1mo
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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I've been sitting on this one for a couple days trying to figure out an appropriate a way to review it. All I can come up with is, Wow.
I want to put this in the hands every person I know. I am glad to have read this doing a slow read for the #1619GroupRead so I could digest and process it all. It's a master class in under 600 pages.

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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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Lady Susan was such a fun read! Even in letters, Austen creates such vivid characters. I would have loved for her to have reworked this into a complete novel, full of her depth and commentary on human folly! How fun it would be to see her fully-realized versions of Frederica and Reginald, to meet their developed characters and to watch their love story play out 😍 😔 #pemberlittens

Nute Pretty!🤩 1mo
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Intimacies | Katie Kitamura
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Finished this up on a trip home from a conference. Not sure how I feel about this one. I enjoyed parts of it, but I'm also not sure I'm fully clear on the point of it. Also, I cannot get behind authors who choose not to use quotation marks around dialogue. I find it greatly distracting and it makes everything feel detached, like it's a summary of what was said, not a conversation. This was my May #Bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

LiteraryinLawrence Yes! Exactly! Hard to really connect. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I'm so confused about why eliminating quotation marks is even a thing that authors do! Are they trying to be artsy?? I find it so hard to read! 2mo
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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#1619GroupRead Ibram Kendi pushes our discomfort in powerful ways in this essay. He strips away the crutch of pointing to "evidence" of racial progress as proof our nation is moving in the right way.
Sorry for the delayed post. Was celebrating Mother's Day and moving my son to his first apartment ?

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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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#1619GroupRead Another short essay this week, but feel free to also reflect on the supplemental pieces "Rainbows Aren't Real, Are They?" Kiese Laymon's short memoir on hearing Jesse Jackson speak of The Rainbow Coalition, and Gregory Pardlo's poem about the 1985 bombing of the MOVE rowhouse in Philadelphia. Only two chapters left to reach the end of this powerful book.

staci.reads I had to dive in a little more after reading the poem about the police standoff with MOVE because, once again, it was history I had never heard. The story is appalling, including how the aftermath amd remains were handled. Here's a New Yorker article that tells much more for anyone interested https://www.newyorker.com/news/essay/saying-her-name 2mo
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MallenNC I had only a surface awareness of the MOVE bombing so I‘ll definitely read the piece you shared. The writer of the New Yorker article wrote a great book about the Attica prison riots. 2mo
MallenNC My thought on the Traffic chapter was that it was a very clear example of how decisions driven by racism hurt everyone. The traffic and transportation in Atlanta are such huge headaches and it didn‘t have to be that way. Also building road projects through Black neighborhoods. That happened here in N.C. when Durham‘s Black Wall Street was destroyed by a new freeway. This chapter gave me a lot to think about. 2mo
staci.reads @MallenNC Me too. I just commented on the #shesaid post about how Garza shared that the San Francisco subway doesn't serve Bayfield Hunter's Point and cuts members of that community off from job possibilities. It reminded me of "Traffic" and the Atlanta example. 2mo
ChaoticMissAdventures I had never heard of the MOVE bombing and as I often do I got angry that these histories have to be so searched for, for many Americans. We can never understand our history 200 years ago or 50 unless we understand what happened and why. 2mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Traffic, while I knew about these topics it is always good to be reminded. A city in Kansas just passed a no cohabitation bill where no more than 3 unrelated adults cannot live together. So many blatant laws passed to keep people from getting ahead. A great book for further reading 2mo
staci.reads @ChaoticMissAdventures I had not heard about the cohabitation bill...unbelievable. I've heard great things about The Color of Law. It's on my tbr! 2mo
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I loved this quiet, lovely story about the power of words, both the ones included and the ones left out. The creation of the Oxford English dictionary, women's suffrage, & WWI form the backdrops for this story about a young woman questioning her place in that world. The story, which spans decades, contains love, loss, & beautiful friendships. I was disappointed, though, with the abrupt ending, especially in a book that seemed unhurried until then.

DivineDiana I enjoyed this so much that I recommended it to my IRL Book Club! ❤️ 2mo
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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A short essay this week with ties to a few previous essays. #1619GroupRead we're down to three more essay after this week. It's been a powerful journey, and I'm looking forward to seeing which essays close it out.

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Dystopian writing at its best! I was absolutely absorbed by this story and the twists and turns the plot took as the story revealed itself little by little. @rachelsbrittain thank you so much for including this in your #bestof2021swap! I don't think I would probably have picked it up on my own, and I was blown away!

rachelsbrittain Yay! I'm so glad you loved it so much! 2mo
truthinfiction This is such a beautiful cover. Although, it gives off more YA or romance vibe instead of dystopian. Your review is intriguing. 2mo
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Cemetery Boys | Aiden Thomas
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My daughter has been nagging me to read this for weeks. I finally picked it up and read it in a morning. There's a lot to love about this book! The groundbreaking characters and the rich culture combined with mystery and adventure all come together to make this immensely enjoyable!

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Untamed | Glennon Doyle
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My #Doublespin for April. Some great nuggets of wisdom in this one. Its short-burst chapters and Glennon's conversational style make it incredibly readable. The organization felt a little off at times, but overall, well worth the read. @TheAromaofBooks
Also wanted to share my daily sunrise rainbows 🌈

TheAromaofBooks I'm loving your background bookshelves!! 2mo
DivineDiana Beautiful! Love everything! 🌈 2mo
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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MallenNC This chapter reminded me of a section in A Little Devil in America, which also talked about minstrel shows. (He also talked about Whitney Houston, who is mentioned here too.) I thought this chapter made a strong point about white audiences wanting Black music but without rewarding Black artists. Minstrel shows are an extreme example of that. 2mo
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staci.reads @MallenNC Thanks for the book reference. I just added it to my tbr list. It looks like it's had great reviews! 2mo
staci.reads @MallenNC This one was one of my favorite essays, so I'm looking forward to diving in more deeply. Your comment reminded me of the line in the essay "Loving Black culture has never demanded a corresponding love of Black people." 2mo
MallenNC @staci.reads I liked this one a lot too. I had just listened to Questlove‘s book, Music is History, so the timing of it was good. 2mo
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I grabbed this one at the public library last trip, and it was a cover grab for sure. Turns out of was a good impulse. I loved Loveday and her story, and I now have a book-crush on Nathan 🙂. It was a perfect choice for my day off today.

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This was fantastic! I loved The Heart's Invisible Furies and wasn't as crazy about Ladder to the Sky, so I'm thrilled this was another hit. Read this for #AuthorAMonth and will definitely revisit John Boyne! @Soubhiville

Soubhiville Yay! 3mo
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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This all came home with me from today's bookstore road trip 📚 A couple are my daughters', but most of it is mine 😍

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Visited a newish indie bookstore today in Ames, Iowa! It's fantastic! Friendly staff, great selection, lots of diversity, a beautifully renovated old building, fun displays, and a beverage bar 🍷! This one's only an hour from home, so I will definitely be back! Book haul post coming soon 📚 #supportindiebookstores

Nute Looks very nice inside. Excited to see a new indie bookstore on the scene!🤗 3mo
themonaisa This looks so cozy!!!! 🥰 have fun! 3mo
DivineDiana This looks fabulous! 2mo
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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#1619GroupRead This chapter took a look at the importance of Black churches in the struggle against oppression. Butler says "The style of the Black church that developed following the Great Awakening and in the antebellum period as one of prophetic witness to the moral outrage of racism in America. It was the rhetoric of dissent..." Butler also shows how this has historically made Black churches targets for violence.

Megabooks I‘m planning on a reread of this, which I think would be a good “going deeper” read. 3mo
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Singout I haven‘t read every chapter of this book, but made time for this one because of my interest in faith and justice, and liberation theology. It does an amazing job of covering the long and complex history, much of which I didn‘t know, about the intersections and tensions. I found the passages about what was happening in the 60s and 70s particularly interesting, and the leadership of the church in the late 1700s. The poem was gut wrenching. 3mo
staci.reads @Megabooks Thanks for sharing that rec! 2mo
staci.reads @Singout I also found it interesting to read about the crisis of conscience churches faced during that time. 2mo
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North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell
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I ended up reading through to the end of this one today ahead of schedule. It's another one that I've meant to read for years but had never gotten to. Glad to have finally tackled it through our group read. #Pemberlittens

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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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#1619GroupRead
Lots to unpack in this short essay. Also interesting to read at the same time I was reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - so many connections.

staci.reads This was the first time I had come across the term "weathering" in this context. We know what chronic stress does to the body, so I'd be interested to learn more about Professor Geronimus's research. 3mo
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TheBookHippie @staci.reads I read several articles about this underlying pervasive stress on the bodies of Black and Brown people and why the pandemic hit that community so hard. Several layering reasons but all true and so gut wrenching to me. 3mo
MallenNC I remembered reading about Dr. Moore‘s story from earlier in the pandemic. It was infuriating that she was ignored and so sad that she knew what was likely to happen. I thought the refrain of “This is how Black people get killed” was very powerful. 3mo
MallenNC Last year I read this memoir of a Black doctor about his medical training at Duke. It included some of the info in this chapter also. 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage There are so many good books for more reading on this topic. I appreciated the overview and the depth of this essay. I‘m curious about what will be in the upcoming chapter Healthcare. 3mo
ravenlee @staci.reads I‘ve fallen behind with the readings and am unlikely to catch up anytime soon. I‘m sorry to leave, but can you take me off the tag list? I‘ll read on my own until/unless I can get back with the group. Thanks! 3mo
staci.reads @ravenlee no worries - there's always too much to read and too little time! I've removed you from the list. 3mo
ravenlee Thanks - life is constantly getting in the way of reading! 3mo
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Seven Days In June | Tia Williams
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This had a lot more substance than I was anticipating for a book billed as a romance between an author of erotica and the novelist who she had an intense 7-day relationship with in high school. The layers of dependency, disability, and feminism, combined with the history of the women in her lineage gave this romance depth as well as heat. This was an impulse buy that paid off.

tenar I‘m starting this book next and your review has me even more excited to pick it up! 3mo
mabell What a pretty room! 😍 3mo
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I flew through the book, fascinated by her experiences, but I didn't love it. At times it felt like an overview of her life. She introduces people central to her life, but we don't get much depth about them other than what they did to/for her. There's not enough development to see them as distinct humans, just names in the timeline of her life. It felt like multiple personal narrative essays thrown together. A soft pick #Bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
EH2018 I completely agree...not enough depth 3mo
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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#1619GroupRead Another powerful essay showing the long reach of history.

Singout This was excellent: a gut wrenching concrete story interspersed with broader political history and analysis. I think inheritance is a factor in marginalization that isn‘t discussed as much as access to employment or education: this essay really did a lot to clearly portray its impact. 3mo
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Wow! I know I'm really late to the party on this, but what a story! I devoured this in 2 sittings. It's incredibly readable! I adored the author's balance of science, history, ethics, & relationships. Deborah's journey to learn about her mother & sister touched me deeply. I know I'll be thinking about this book for a long time. Thank goodness for #Bookspin! I finally picked this up and dove in! This was my #Doublespin for March @TheAromaofBooks

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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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This chapter's essay was by Bryan Stevenson, the author of Just Mercy. It's been on my tbr for a long time, but I haven't read it yet.. Wondering if anyone who has read it has connections to make. #1619GroupRead @4thhouseontheleft

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I have not read it yet either… but I thought about another book I‘d read 3mo
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JenReadsAlot It is a great book. 3mo
MallenNC I‘m behind on 1619 Project, and plan to catch up this week. But I had to chime in about Just Mercy. I cannot recommend it enough. It is so good, while of course also being upsetting because of the unfairness it depicts. It was eye opening for me. Bryan Stevenson really proves how unjust the US justice system is. I think he deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the Equal Justice Initiative. 3mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Bryan Stevenson is amazing and I was so excited to see his work here. If you have read his amazing work before this is a bit deeper dive into how slavery plays a part. It is infuriating and so obvious once you think about it. His book has led me down a path of prison abolition 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m always struck by the historical meaning of riot and mob being originally connected with lynching and with events like the Greenwood massacre. It may be semantics, but incorrectly calling a protest or uprising a riot is done by conservatives all the time. And I honestly don‘t think they understand the history behind who originated riots and why. And the Wilmington story was a new one to me. Wowza. 3mo
staci.reads @Riveted_Reader_Melissa that one has also been on my tbr for a while. 3mo
staci.reads @MallenNC high praise! I'll need to move it up on my list! 3mo
staci.reads @BarbaraTheBibliophage Wilmington was new to me as well. I did some quick research after reading that chapter and found the Wilmington Insurrection, The Wilmington Massacre, and the Wilmington Coup. Also the first time I had heard of the North Carolina Fusionists. Reconstruction was such a small blip in the history I learned. 3mo
ravenlee For such a short chapter, this packed a punch. I was appalled at the sentencing of children to life in prison (I‘m more open to it for murder convictions, but case-by-case). I really need to read more about the prison and legal systems, because the little I know is disturbing. The racial bias in policing and incarceration is incredible, yet so very visible. Yet politicians don‘t want to be “soft on crime” so nothing gets better. 3mo
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Fight Night | Miriam Toews
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This is the best book I've read this year! I can't remember the last time a book toyed with my emotions like this 💗💔🤣. I adored the relationships among the women in this story, especially Swiv and her grandma. It's in turns hilarious, tragic, and wise. I loved getting to know this smart, quirky 9 year old and her colorful family! This was my March #Bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

jlhammar Yay! So glad you loved it as much as I did. Such a great book! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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Rage Becomes Her | Soraya Chemaly
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Finished this #SheSaid selection up a little early. So much of this made me feel seen, especially the parts about the physical and psychological effects of suppressed anger. Ironic, though, that a book about anger can feed my anger 🤷‍♀️. @Riveted_Reader_Melissa
In other news, the sunshine gave me an early spring day of patio reading 🌞

Riveted_Reader_Melissa And the point is, I think, that we need to let ourselves feel & acknowledge that anger (instead of discounting & suppressing it)…and that when we talk openly about our reasons for feeling that way, because they are more universal and not “just us”… only then can we see the widespread systematic issues and maybe, hopefully do something about them. 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa A beautiful day though, and I‘m so glad the book made you feel seen…we all need that… our issues & feeling should not be trivialized and silenced (edited) 3mo
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A remarkable story of tragedy, strength, friendship, and womanhood! Another "I'm so glad I stuck with it" situation! I wasn't sure how I was going to feel until I got to the last 3rd of the book. I had a hard time getting into it, but that may have been more my state of mind. Two weeks post knee surgery, I'm finally able to focus on my reading again...might be that I'm weaned off the "good" pain pills now ? ?. #AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

Soubhiville I hope your recovery continues to go well. 3mo
AmyG May your recovery go well. Knee surgery is not fun. 3mo
UwannaPublishme Keep feeling better! 🤗 3mo
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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I'm posting a discussion prompt from chapter 9 today to get us caught up. I'll post a question or 2 from chapter 10 on Sunday. I'm tagging everyone who was on the last post from @4thhouseontheleft . If anyone wants removed, let me know. #1619groupread

Butterfinger Thank you for doing this. 4mo
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staci.reads The contrast she showed between George Zimmermann and Jessie Murray stood put for me as well as the line "White people continue to use self-defense laws to protect themselves from perceived harm from African Americans; Black people often cannot use self-defense to protect themselves from actual harm by white people." One more example of how "citizenship" does not mean the same to everyone. 4mo
Kdgordon88 I‘m behind but will try to get caught up by Sunday. 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m also behind but trying to catch up! 3mo
staci.reads @Butterfinger You're welcome 🙂 3mo
4thhouseontheleft Thank you so much for doing this! 3mo
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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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A solid rom com that actually lives up to the hype. I don't read these often because too many of them are pure steam with little else to offer, but I enjoyed the story, the romance, and the characters. Glad I picked this one up!

truthinfiction Your review has made me pick this up. I tend to be wary of hyped books but your review was convincing enough. :) 4mo
staci.reads @truthinfiction I hope I haven't led you astray 🤞🙂 4mo
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What a fantastic take on one of the most underdeveloped characters in literature! I've read Pride and Prejudice countless times and rarely given Mary Bennet a second thought, so I was not prepared to find this book and Mary's story so wonderfully engaging. Mary is the heroine I never knew I needed! I'm so glad this was one of the #pemberlittens chosen books this month!

LeahBergen Yes!! It was delightful. 😊 4mo
sprainedbrain It‘s so good! 4mo
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Sanditon | Jane Austen
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What an auspicious beginning! It's a shame Jane Austen was unable to finish her tale of Charlotte Heywood and the community of Sanditon 😔 It has all the perfect ingredients and even in the short 12 chapters that exist, she already established her wit and insight into the silliness of human beings. I don't know if I want to read any of the various completed versions or not 🤔. I'll have to give that more thought. #pemberlittens @sprainedbrain

Trashcanman They told me to swim 4mo
LeahBergen I just finished it, too, and I agree. I don‘t think I will read any of the completed versions either. 🤔 4mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig I'm doing Chapter a Day but I'm not going to read retellings. #somanybookssolittletime 4mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig @LeahBergen @staci.reads You can just see the brilliance in this little snippet. Makes me wonder what could have been. Maybe this would have been my favorite Austen if Jane had the chance to finish. 4mo
AllDebooks It's perfectly set up and I personally would prefer to imagine where Jane Austen would have taken us than read someone else's interpretation. 4mo
sprainedbrain I‘m so glad you liked it! ❤️ I will take all of you off my daily tag list when I continue reading my ‘finished by another lady‘ version after finishing the Austen chapters. @staci.reads @Crinoline_Laphroaig @LeahBergen @AllDebooks 4mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @sprainedbrain you can leave me on the List. Will enjoy following along as I can. Just got a pile of Library Books and #botm to read. 4mo
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