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Just Mercy
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption | Bryan Stevenson
New York Times Bestseller | Named one of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times The Washington Post The Boston Globe The Seattle Times Esquire Time Winner of the Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction |Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction | Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award | Finalist for the Los Angeles Book Prize | Finalist for the Kirkus Reviews Prize | An American Library Association Notable BookA powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justicefrom one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didnt commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanshipand transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever. Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyers coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice. Praise for Just Mercy Every bit as moving as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways more so . . . a searing indictment of American criminal justice and a stirring testament to the salvation that fighting for the vulnerable sometimes yields.David Cole, The New York Review of Books Searing, moving . . . Bryan Stevenson may, indeed, be Americas Mandela.Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times You dont have to read too long to start cheering for this man. . . . The message of this book . . . is that evil can be overcome, a difference can be made. Just Mercy will make you upset and it will make you hopeful.Ted Conover, The New York Times Book Review Inspiring . . . a work of style, substance and clarity . . . Stevenson is not only a great lawyer, hes also a gifted writer and storyteller.The Washington Post As deeply moving, poignant and powerful a book as has been, and maybe ever can be, written about the death penalty.The Financial Times Brilliant.The Philadelphia Inquirer Not since Atticus Finch has a fearless and committed lawyer made such a difference in the American South. Though larger than life, Atticus exists only in fiction. Bryan Stevenson, however, is very much alive and doing Gods work fighting for the poor, the oppressed, the voiceless, the vulnerable, the outcast, and those with no hope. Just Mercy is his inspiring and powerful story.John Grisham Bryan Stevenson is one of my personal heroes, perhaps the most inspiring and influential crusader for justice alive today, and Just Mercy is extraordinary. The stories told within these pages hold the potential to transform what we think we mean when we talk about justice.Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow
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Susanita
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Great idea from @Andrew65 to post a favorite book for each month of 2021.

Tagged book was my favorite read in #January

#12booksof2021

Andrew65 Sounds great, thanks for playing along. 4w
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LibraryCin
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I found this really interesting, And sad. He (and others) is (are) slowly, so slowly, trying to change things to make them better, but what an uphill battle. I listened to the audio and it was well-done; it held my attention pretty much the entire way through. Initially, I hadn‘t realized until looking as I write this review, but the author read it himself.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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This is so true!! I‘ve got this book and haven‘t gotten to it yet!

#ThinkPositiveBePositive

Share a positive post 💗 tag me 💗 tag friends

corireadslife ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
TheSpineView Important thing to remember. Thanks for thinking of me! 🥰 3mo
Just_reading Beautiful quote! 3mo
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LauraBrook Thank you for posting this. I‘ve been dealing with something that is not my fault, yet the other people think it is. It‘s been so hard to concentrate, sleep, etc, for weeks. Seeing this has made me feel a bit better. ❤️ 3mo
Mavey How very important this quote is!💖 3mo
Desha What a beautiful quote! I‘ve been thinking lately about God‘s mercy and how good he is to love us so much more than the “worst” things we‘ve ever done! 💗🙏🏻 3mo
Enchanted_Bibliophile Such an important thing to remember! 🌼 3mo
jessjess Definitely something to remember, I often struggle with feeling like my mistakes = I am the WORST person ever. Thanks for tagging me 🌸🌿🌼🍁 3mo
wanderinglynn Thanks for the tag! 😘 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @LauraBrook I‘m sorry you are having to deal with that 😔 stay strong! Sending love and hugs 🤗 ❤️ 3mo
Eggs ❤️🧡❤️ 3mo
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bibliobliss
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"You can't understand most of the important things from a distance, Bryan. You have to get close."

#currentlyreading #bookblurbs

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RenePenn
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Started reading this one last night on recommendation. I‘m not a huge nonfiction reader but try to read at least 2-3 a year. Looking forward to digging into this one.

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cajunsyd
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I‘m already shocked by the revelations and I am only 70 pages into this one. Feeling angry, sad, disappointed, etc. A must read for sure.

Tamra It‘s a very good & necessary read! 5mo
TiredLibrarian This is such a gut-punch of a book. 5mo
cajunsyd @Tamra 👍🏻👍🏻 5mo
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cajunsyd @TiredLibrarian that‘s for sure! 5mo
Bookpearl The movie was a pill to swallow so I‘m sure the book will have me the same way. 1w
cajunsyd @Bookpearl I recently learned that there is a film version. I don‘t think that I can watch it, the book just did me in. 1w
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Zuhkeeyah
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July has been a great reading month. I didn‘t achieve bingo but loved the challenge. Already looking forward to next month @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fabulous month!!! 6mo
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Zuhkeeyah
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Stevenson walks you through the inherent racial biases present in the US legal system. Though the story of Walter McMillan opens the book, it is not the only story that Stevenson brings to the forefront to as an example of what injustice looks like when there is no longer mercy.

This completes my #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks :)

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 6mo
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Zuhkeeyah
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Ready for #bookspin! Thanks for letting me join the fun @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! I am getting ready to tag everyone with the winning numbers very soon!! 7mo
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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2Q2021 results are in! #favoritebooksoftheyear

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BarbaraJean
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This was heartbreaking, infuriating, and very informative. I grew up (as a sheltered white kid) believing the system worked, innocent people didn‘t get sent to jail, and wrongful convictions were few & far between. Through this and other reading, I‘m realizing how uninformed I‘ve been & how broken the system is. I appreciated the breadth of this book—focusing on one case, but also bringing in relevant issues throughout the criminal justice system.

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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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I thought I was just getting a story of a wrongfully convicted man and his fight for justice, but it touches on many more stories of cruelty in our criminal justice system. I am unsettled knowing that CHILDREN as young as 13 have been sentenced to death or life without parole as recently as within the decade. And embarrassed that I didn‘t know this was happening. The Equal Justice Initiative does incredibly important and inspirational work. 5 ⭐️

BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @TheAromaofBooks This was my #doublespin book for May and I‘m so glad I finally read it. Life changing! 7mo
Tamra It‘s really moving! 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 7mo
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mollyrotondo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was an excellent book that not only put a spotlight on the injustice of our justice system but also explained how cruel and inhuman the prison system is in the U.S. Stevenson‘s work is admirable and should inspire us all to vote, serve on juries, stop casting stones, and support nonprofit organizations that try to fight for more just sentences for people convicted of crime. This was my #bookspinbingo No. 22 pick.

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 9mo
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WriterAtHeart
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What a great read! I learned so much from the author and found the stories eye opening. It took me a little while to actually read the book, but I am glad that I finally did.

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Susanita
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I like to read outside in any season, weather permitting.

Yes I‘m doing a few challenges!

#thankfulthursday

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 💐😊💗📚🐣 10mo
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Julsmarshall
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Finished this #audiobook while painting tonight. While difficult to read it was illuminating and ultimately uplifting. Following the true stories of the wrongfully incarcerated and the attorneys fighting for justice and mercy, this stand out non fiction will stay with me for a long time. This should be required reading for every American. #BookspinBingo #MarvellousMarch @TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Haven‘t read but the movie was powerful. All the more so when you realise how recently we are talking about. 10mo
KathyWheeler The book is wonderful, but I have not seen the movie yet. When this book was my university‘s common read, the author came and spoke. He was so inspiring! 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Great review!!! 10mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏🙌 10mo
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DGRachel
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Finished my reread of Just Mercy today for my library‘s #communityread2021. This is the book that completely changed my understanding and opinions regarding the so-called justice system in America. It‘s horrifying and heartbreaking.

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Mehso-so

I had to read this for my AP Lang class. I would never have read this on my own. The book was very insightful and made me aware of a lot of injustice in our “justice” system, but it took me a while to sit down and read it through. This was probably because it was outside my comfort zone so please don‘t let me deter you from reading this if you‘re interested.

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Tomigirl44
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Astonishingly heartbreaking - so powerfully clear and convicting. I give it 10 stars out of 5! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 I really had no idea what the book was about before reading it; wish I‘d read it long ago.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
My first ever audiobook done ✅ Thank you to everyone who recommended audiobooks for me, and thank you @Cinfhen for recommending this book specifically. This was a great read/listen. I really enjoyed Stevenson‘s performance. Heartbreaking and informative, the subject matter was hard to stomach at times, but so necessary to hear about.

#booked2021 #hearhere #catsoflitsy #Ember

britt_brooke Audiobooks have been a game changer for me. 💚🎧 Happy you enjoyed! This book is fantastic. Totally opened my mind. (edited) 11mo
Cinfhen I‘m so glad you choose this audiobook 😁Such powerful and heartbreaking stories!!! 11mo
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Tomigirl44
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Finally reading this.

vlwelser I love this book. 11mo
sb3626 This has been on my TBR for awhile, can‘t wait to see what you think of it (edited) 11mo
Tomigirl44 @sb3626 Such a powerful book! 10mo
sb3626 @Tomigirl44 I will have to move it up then!! Thank you! 10mo
Tomigirl44 @sb3626 I‘ll be curious to hear what you think of it as well 📖 10mo
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MyBookSwapClub
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On my audiobook..in honour of the #BlackHistoryMonth

Really heartbreaking (especially what they did with children) and heartwarming (compassionate and kind people who come together to help the people/children in need)

LoverOfLearning EXCELLENT audiobook and EXCELLENT movie adaptation. Just wow! 11mo
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WhiskeyMistress
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Guys, my reading list this month has been hefty and hard. My picks for #blackhistorymonth have left me feeling sad, upset, angry! But I keep telling myself, if it makes you feel this way just reading it, how much more does it hurt to live it?? Black people in America deserve so much more. This country built itself on their backs and bodies and it owes them. Can‘t even bring myself to rate this but it‘s excellent.
Read date: 2/23/2021

LoverOfLearning EXCELLENT book and EXCELLENT movie adaptation! I mean wow! 11mo
WhiskeyMistress @LoverOfLearning it was a great book but so depressing! #abolishthedeathpenalty 11mo
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bthegood
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs thx for tag @eeclayton

1. Read, read, read and watch "The Circus" and "Your Honor"
2. Positive outlook
3. Tagged book

Make it a wondrous Thursday too!

Eggs Thanks for playing 👏🏻📚👍🏼 wondrous Thursday 🤗 works for me!! 11mo
eeclayton I'm going to steal the "read, read, read" part for my Valentines plans! ? 11mo
bthegood @eeclayton 😊 (edited) 11mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I got these over the weekend for less than $2 at The Salvation Army! I cleaned them and they are in great shape!!

📚📚📚 therapy !!

MittenGirlPeach What a great haul! 11mo
AmyG Nice! I miss going to Goodwill in NJ. Great haul! 11mo
Bookwormjillk NICE! 11mo
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Jessieleah Wow what a pile of great books! ☺️ 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG I haven‘t been to Goodwill in a while! 11mo
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Susanita
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1. Isn‘t it pretty??
2. Kinsey Millhone
3. Tagged
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Thanks for playing ☀️📚👍🏼 12mo
Ruthiella Kinsey would be fun to hang with! 12mo
CaitZ That is a pretty cover 12mo
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Dcueto
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Books I‘m reading for fun, books I‘m reading with my classes, books students have asked me to read bc they love them. So many books, so little time!!! #englishteacherproblems #booknerdproblems✌🏼️❤️📚

rsteve388 Woot woot for Final Girls 12mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So awesome!! 12mo
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bthegood
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Very good, very relevant. Everyone who has ever said "I don't understand why minority group members, members of the lower class have issues with the justice system" needs to read this .
I want to be a stone catcher!
15 hours so far for #20in4 @Andrew65
#Booked2021 #antiracism @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Such a GREAT book 12mo
bthegood @Cinfhen glad I finally got to it - have a great day. 12mo
Andrew65 Well done. Great progress 👏👏👏 12mo
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OriginalCyn620
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There is so much to say about this book but I don‘t think I can articulate it all. It is heartbreaking, infuriating, tragic, and many other things. As difficult as the subject matter is, it‘s an important book that should be read by everyone. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#bookspinbingo
#pop21 - a book about a social justice issue
#booked2021 #hearhere since I listened to the audiobook

Cinfhen Audio was EXCELLENT 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 12mo
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bthegood
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Let the readathon begin #20in4 @Andrew65
Hope to finish tagged book and The Hunting Party, and dents in Desperation and HP!

Andrew65 Good luck, great to have you with us. 😊 12mo
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Kristin_Reads
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⭐️ February #Bookspin / #Doublespin Books ⭐️ I added two new titles to replace the two picks for this month but left the rest because my yearly goal is to finish all of these (on top of all my other reading)! Can‘t wait for 2/2...

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 12mo
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dariazeoli
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Started this one yesterday. I‘m about 20% in, and I‘m angry. The stories told here show what is so very unjust about the criminal justice system when you aren‘t among the privileged.

#NewYearWhoDis

Chelleo Is this an app? 12mo
dariazeoli @Chelleo Yes - it‘s Spin the Wheel on iOS! 12mo
Kristin_Reads Just finished this today... so compelling and moving. 12mo
DGRachel OMG. I love this app. I will never accomplish anything else again. 🤣🤣 12mo
ScientistSam Such a good book. 12mo
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Susanita
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This is a hard book to read and an easy book to read. Hard because of the stories. Easy because of the writing. Necessary because of the topic.

I‘m only sorry he never revealed his favorite cartoon character!

Susanita This will be an interesting discussion in book club, as one of the members works for the Prison Bureau, and so does her wife. 12mo
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Grading this weekend - a lot of it! Will work in some reading - mainly reading tagged book - finishing it for a book club. Will get some steps in #BFC21 All other books must wait this weekend (#LosersClub #LosersClub2021 ) .

BookishMarginalia The bane of my existence! May the force be with you! 12mo
bthegood @BookishMarginalia thx 😂👍👩‍🏫 12mo
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bthegood
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now back to reading for #slumpathon @Hestapleton

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squirrelbrain
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Such a devastating book, but you HAVE to read it. I got angry, I cried (the chocolate milkshake 😢) and I learnt a lot about the American (in)justice system.

I don‘t often watch films but wondered if it is worth watching / as good as the book?

All the stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#booked2021 #mustacheoncover

TrishB I need to go and check if mine has a moustache on cover! 12mo
KarenUK @trishb Me too! 12mo
TrishB @KarenUK mine hasn‘t 😞 12mo
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squirrelbrain Oh no, that‘s annoying @TrishB 😕 12mo
Oryx It's an incredible book. I think the film is worth watching. I watched it before I read it though. 12mo
MallenNC I wish everyone would read this book. I think the movie is also very good. It‘s of course not able to be as detailed as the book, but it does a good job telling Stevenson‘s story and showing the injustice he works to change. 12mo
Cathythoughts Great review! Must read soon X 12mo
squirrelbrain Thanks @Oryx @MallenNC - my hubby is looking for it now on Netflix / Amazon Prime.... 12mo
Caroline2 I loved this book too and I‘m dying to see the film. I don‘t think it‘s on Netflix or prime yet tho. 🤔 12mo
squirrelbrain No, I‘m sure it was on one of them for a while last year @Caroline2, but it seems to have disappeared now.... 12mo
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Victoriahoperose
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This was really well written and put together. I thought that the author really did a good job with the writing. It wasn‘t too dry and still used the facts and the case to really illustrate his point. Definitely a worthwhile read.

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Going to join the #slumpathon readathon. School just started back up, and usually the first week or two I am so exhausted, so this is perfect timing. Thx @Chrissyreadit and others for reposting and @Hestapleton for hosting😊👍
My goal is to finish at least one of my current reads while progressing in the others!

Chrissyreadit Im excited! I‘m taking 24 hours to read and relax before school Sunday! 12mo
bthegood @Chrissyreadit 😊 enjoy your weekend. 12mo
Chrissyreadit @bthegood thank you! You too! 12mo
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1. 🎧 Witchmark, 📗 The Left Handed Booksellers of London
2. While I honestly believe that every book has a hand in making me a better person, Just Mercy forced me to confront and change my stance on the death penalty. I will be forever be grateful for that.
3. The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin, a new book to my TBR and my first Jemisin!

#WeekendReads @rachelsbrittain

Suet624 #2 ❤️❤️ 12mo
rachelsbrittain Definitely agree that pretty much every book I read makes me think about something in a new way or learn something new, contributing to my growth. Such a great answer! 12mo
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The true measure of our character of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned.

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Day 5 #12Booksof2020

One of the best works of non-fiction I read this year. It‘s an eye opening look at exactly how unjust the American justice system is, especially in the South. Thank heavens for people like Bryan Stevenson.

Andrew65 Must really read more non-fiction. 13mo
Sleepswithbooks Love Bryan Stevenson. Such an incredible book. This is a must read @Andrew65 💛 13mo
Jas16 I love this book and could not stop talking about it for months after I read it. 13mo
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bnp A friend and I visited the lynching memorial in Montgomery and ECIs museum in Montgomery last year. If you ever visit Âlabama, it's worth a trip. 13mo
Andrew65 @Sleepswithbooks Stacked this based on your recommendation and @Book_Fiend_Melissa ‘s recommendation. 13mo
KVanRead Definitely want to get to this in January. Thanks for the reminder. 13mo
MsMelissa @Andrew65 I don‘t read much non-fiction, but I usually find the stuff I do read very worthwhile. 13mo
MsMelissa @Sleepswithbooks @andrew65 Glad that you‘ll be giving this one a try, Andrew 😊 13mo
MsMelissa @Jas16 I can‘t believe that in this day and age such miscarriages of justice still happen so frequently! 13mo
MsMelissa @bnp I don‘t know that I‘ll ever make it to Alabama (I don‘t like in the United States, and Florida, Hawaii and Las Vegas are more my US destinations of choice 😂), but I will never say never and will make a point of visiting if I ever do find myself in Montgomery. Thanks for the tip. 13mo
MsMelissa @KVanRead I‘m quite sure you will find this one well worth reading 👍🏻 13mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 This book is SO worth the read. It‘s tough - Stevenson has plenty of stories that are so sad. He highlights some really good information about the injustices in our justice system, not only in the past but now. I really feel this is a must-read. At the very least for awareness.

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GingerAntics The death penalty is just state sanctioned murder. It‘s immoral and barbaric, especially the way some of these states carry it out. I‘m continually concerned with the festival attitude outside of prisons, all day and night, for an execution. We have seriously got to do better. 13mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics reminds me of walking into planned parenthood and the picketers telling me they would slit my throat if I kept helping these girls I‘m sure it‘s their prolife Christian duty 🤮🤢 13mo
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GingerAntics @TheBookHippie oh my, yes. It‘s right there in the bible, “thou shalt slittith the throats of all who help women receiveth adequate reproductive care, for it is an abomination.” It‘s right there in black and white in the book of Limitations. I just checked. 🤣😂🤣 (edited) 13mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 OY. My grandma taught me These are the guiding principles on abortion in Jewish tradition: a woman‘s life, her pain, and her concerns take precedence over those of the fetus; existing life is always sacred and takes precedence over a potential life; and a woman has the personal freedom to apply the principles of her tradition unfettered by the legal imposition of moral standards other than her own. 13mo
GingerAntics I LOVE your grandma!!! She was a smart woman!!! 💙💙💙 That is the best articulation of “a woman has a brain and her own sense of morality/ethics, mind your business” I‘ve ever heard. Yes to all of that. I‘ve yet to hear or see a single thing from pro-lifers that is remotely pro-life. They‘re nothing more than pro-birth. 13mo
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Powerful and compelling. Stevenson‘s work for victims of the criminal “justice” system is astounding. He and the EJI team are champions for those the system has failed time and time again. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I believe everyone needs to read this book!! It is astounding how many innocent men and women are on death row. It is also eye opening that so many children are in prison for life with no possibility of parole for non-violent offenses.

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This quote really sums up the point of this book and of the work of the Equal Justice Initiative.