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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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Cinfhen
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Wow, did I fly through this book. I listened to this powerful report well into the night and most of the day in utter disbelief. I don‘t have the proper words to convey the incomprehensible bigotry and racist behavior that still runs rampant today. My heart broke for the injustices perpetuated against children, the poor & the intellectually challenged. Our legal system is deeply flawed. Thank God for EJI and other justice organizations 😇

thebluestocking I‘m glad you “enjoyed” it. I had a similar experience racing through it. Such an amazing book. The subject, writing, and message are all on point. 💙 3w
Cinfhen I know we discussed this yesterday @thebluestocking YOU MUST listen/read 3w
Cinfhen This book was gifted to me from @Jas16 😘😘Thank you!! I wish I had read it earlier- it was excellent 3w
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Librarybelle This was such a good book! Stevenson is an amazing man. 3w
Jas16 I am so glad you liked this as much as I did. 3w
MicheleinPhilly This book literally changed me. I used to be in favor of the death penalty but am now vehemently opposed to it. It can sometimes be hard because I tend to lean towards vengeance for the worst among us. But for every admitted child molester/rapist/murderer on death row, there are too many (mostly black or brown) men who are not guilty of anything. Further reading rec.: 3w
Cinfhen @MicheleinPhilly I own and plan to read the book you tagged. Especially now since Bryan Stevenson referenced the case in his epilogue. And I absolutely agree about capital punishment/ this book has changed my views 💯 3w
Rachel_nyc This book affected me deeply as well. What an amazing human being Bryan Stevenson is. The recent documentary on HBO (I think?) on him is worth a watch also. (edited) 3w
Hooked_on_books I just loved this book. I keep very few of the books I have read as I‘m not a rereader, but special ones get kept. Which is why this one is on my shelf. 💙 Bryan Stevenson 2w
TrishB Sounds like an amazing read. 2w
Cinfhen Certain books just leave an immediate impact @TrishB @Hooked_on_books @Rachel_nyc This one is definitely one of those!!! thanks again @Jas16 2w
Cinfhen I will definitely look out for the documentary @rachel_nyc 2w
Reviewsbylola I plan on reading this, especially after just finishing 2w
Cinfhen I‘m pissed at my brother @Reviewsbylola he borrowed 5 books from me over the summer & was meant to give them to my parents who are here now for a visit. He didn‘t give them ANY of my books and Sun Does Shine was among them. 😤😡🤬 2w
Reviewsbylola Your brother owes you big time! 2w
Cinfhen Right!!!! And now he‘s ghosting me @Reviewsbylola hasn‘t responded to a single text 😂 2w
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thereadingowlvina
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"The power of just mercy is that it belongs to the undeserving."

What a harrowing yet powerful story of lawyer and founder of Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), Bryan Stevenson and his inspirational journey in fighting sociopolitical injustice and advocating against death penalty.

Rating: 5⭐

For my full review please visit https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2961895527

Cinfhen I‘ve just started this book. It‘s so infuriating- it‘s breaking my heart. 3w
thereadingowlvina @Cinfhen Yes, I agree! The injustices were unbelievable 😐 3w
4thhouseontheleft I recommend this book to almost everyone I meet! 3w
thereadingowlvina @4thhouseontheleft Neat! It's such an important book. And you're right, everyone should read it! 🙂👍 3w
AnneCecilie I love your picture. And I agree with your review. The book made me mad about all the injustice. 3w
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thereadingowlvina
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Yay!! I've completed my #nonfiction2019!!! I can't believe that I read so many non-fiction this year! Can't wait to do another non-fiction bingo next year! Thanks @Riveted_Reader_Melissa for hosting! 😊💕👍

Update!

#SomethingAboutAMovement ➡️ She Said
#SomethingYouSawOnLitsy ➡️ The Butchering Art
#SomethingWithMusic ➡️ Sing!
#SomethingFromAnotherPointOfView ➡️ Differently Wired
#SomethingWithPolitics ➡️ Just Mercy

Con't ⬇️

thereadingowlvina #SomethingWithAnimals ➡️ Wicked Bugs ✅ #SomethingWithTravel ➡️ Alone 3w
Amiable Awesome! Great job! 👍🏼 3w
thereadingowlvina @Amiable Thank you!!! 😁 3w
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great job! That‘s wonderful! 3w
thereadingowlvina @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thank you!!! This was fun and motivated me to read a lot of non-fiction 😁 3w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @thereadingowlvina That‘s so good to hear! I‘m so glad you found it motivating and fun. I‘ll definitely have a new card ready for next year, I‘m already working on it. 😉 3w
thereadingowlvina @Riveted_Reader_Melissa That's awesome! Count me in! Can't wait! 😊 3w
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Cinfhen
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Book and audio ready to go 🧡🎧📗

erzascarletbookgasm This is so good! 3w
Cinfhen I‘m only on chapter 3 but I can tell it‘s going to be excellent @erzascarletbookgasm / it‘s really infuriating 😡 3w
4thhouseontheleft This was a life-changing book for me when I read it. Learned so much about the injustices and institutionalized racism in the present day justice system. 3w
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thebluestocking Loved 💙💙💙 this book. 3w
Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft it‘s so blatantly biased it‘s horrible ~ have you read this one @thebluestocking ~ it‘s amazing 3w
thebluestocking @Cinfhen No, I haven‘t. But it‘s on my list!! 3w
DivineDiana A book that opened my eyes. 5 ⭐️ 3w
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DGRachel
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1️⃣ Writing was brilliant. Subject matter was rage inducing
2️⃣ Psych
3️⃣ Work meeting catered by Chick-fil-A. I ❤️ chicken minis. 🤤🤤
4️⃣ EDT (UTC-4)
5️⃣ Blue Bones

#FriYayIntro

BookishJess A fellow Psych-o!!🍍 2mo
QuietlyLaura I love the friendship between Shaun and Gus on Psych! 🍍 1mo
Amandajoy Yay Psych! 🍍 1mo
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thereadingowlvina
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jillrhudy Near the top of my TBR! 2mo
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Katja
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“Simply punishing the broken—walking away from them or hiding them from sight—only ensures that they remain broken and we do, too. There is no wholeness outside our reciprocal humanity” (290).

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Samreamer
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Disappointed in myself for putting this off so long before reading it. This is to incarceration what “Evicted” is to housing instability/homelessness. Read it. Stop what you‘re doing, and read this book. I already know that this was a life changing read.

Tamra It‘s excellent! I was riveted. 3mo
Samreamer @Tamra same! 3mo
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AnneCecilie
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Me while reading this book: 🤬🤬😢💔🤬🤬💔💔🤬💔🤬💔🤬💔🤬🤬💔💔😢🤬💔

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AnneCecilie I don‘t know what I expected of this book when I started reading, but one thing I know for sure is that I though it would focus on adults committing crimes. So my heart broke over and over again as Stevenson details all his cases dealing with young offenders. I can‘t believe that 13 and 14 yr olds can be sentenced to a life in prison because that are no law saying how old you must be to be tried as an adult. So teens can be prosecuted as adults. 3mo
AnneCecilie And of course the case of Walter McMillian that run through the book. This is a must read book for everyone. On a side note, reading this novel make me afraid of how the justice system works and I hope there are no such cases in Norway where I live. This is my first #MakeMeReadIt read @TheReadingMermaid 3mo
AnneCecilie This is my “Something with Law or Medicine” for #Nonfiction2019 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa 3mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘ve had this one sitting on my shelf for awhile too, but haven‘t brought myself to read it yet. I know I felt equally flabbergasted and enraged when I read The New Jim Crow and I‘m pretty sure they will be related reads. 3mo
Tamra It‘s amazing! 3mo
Suet624 Bryan figures prominently in the tagged book. It‘s a great one to read. 3mo
AnneCecilie @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Suet624 thank you for your recommendations for further reading. I‘m stacking 3mo
Suet624 You‘re welcome! 3mo
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AnneCecilie
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jchawkins I wish I could respond to this with something other than a heart. A broken heart is more appropriate. Or rage. 3mo
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AnneCecilie
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🤬🤬🤬

crazyspine I loved this book. So eye opening and well-written. 3mo
AnneCecilie @crazyspine I know. I feel like quoting the whole book. 3mo
britt_brooke 😡 3mo
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AnneCecilie
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wanderinglynn And what‘s really sad is most of these youth never stood a chance. Many of them come from the dependency (foster care) system & enter it at young ages. It‘s a terrible cycle. And then they end up in the juvenile system, which eventually translates to the adult system. These kids really have no one and the system isn‘t built to deal with their needs. 😢 4mo
Siri_reads Så grusomt! ? 4mo
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AnneCecilie
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AnneCecilie
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This is just sad

BarbaraBB Unbelievable 💔 4mo
Suet624 A horrible statistic. 3mo
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AnneCecilie
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The first visit to death row.

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AnneCecilie
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Next up

My first read for #MakeMeReadIt so naturally this was the winner

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FeastOfFiction
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I have a feeling I may be using excerpts from this while teaching To Kill a Mockingbird.

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EadieB
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Bryan Stevenson, a young lawyer, 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. I enjoyed listening to the audio about Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a murder he didn‘t commit. Read about our justice system and what needs to be changed.

KathyWheeler There‘s a documentary on HBO about Stevenson. He spoke at my university last year and is truly inspiring. 4mo
EadieB @KathyWheeler Thanks! I'll have to check it out! 4mo
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Rachel_nyc This book was incredible and Stevenson is definitely a true inspiration. Thanks @KathyWheeler for the info on the documentary. I am going to search for that now. 4mo
KathyWheeler @Rachel_nyc I think it just started airing yesterday. 4mo
booksaremyfavorite This is on my TBR pile. 4mo
EadieB @booksaremyfavorite Nice! Enjoy! 4mo
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margotenenbaum
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Phenomenal book. Really helpful picture to understand the prison industrial complex.

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UnabridgedPod
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Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy epitomizes why I love nonfiction so much: it unveils the inner workings of one of our societal institutions, it provides a deep look at a human being who is committed to making the world better, and it elicits all of the emotion of the best of fiction. Check out our Unabridged June Book Club episode to hear our thoughts about Just Mercy and then head on over to @unabridgedpod to let us know what you think!

EadieB I just started listening to this today. It's very interesting and sad about how the police treated black people in the south. 4mo
UnabridgedPod @EadieB Agreed! Thanks for the response. ❤️ 4mo
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howjessreads
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Day 4 of #30junebooks is “J”. Today J is for Just Mercy. I started this in 2016, and read half, and kept crying so much I set it aside for “a while”. 3 years later... it‘s on my summer #tbr! Determined to finish it! •
Also, don‘t forget that if you post & @ me in at least 15 #30junebooks, you‘ll be entered to win a $15 Amazon gift card! There are still plenty of days left for you to participate. 🙂📚

Bookwormjillk This is one I haven‘t been brave enough to read yet. 5mo
StayCurious If it‘s been 3 years do you have to restart it? 5mo
howjessreads @StayCurious I think I‘ll skim the chapters I read before. :) 5mo
howjessreads @Bookwormjillk It‘s really, really good. You‘ll just need something light afterward as a palate cleanser! 🙂 5mo
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rigo.padilla
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Brilliant book about a grave injustice that seems to be overlooked and forgotten in this country. Required read for anyone that believes in justice and believes in the value of fighting for change, redemption, & hope.

"We have a choice we can embrace our humanness which means embracing our broken nature's & the compassion that remains our best hope for healing or we can deny our broken this forswear compassion & as a result in our own humanity."

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OwlReadWithYou
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So good, I had to read again to give myself a break from psych fiction! Definitely a good nonfiction read!

Crazeedi Looks very good 5mo
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UnabridgedPod
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Re-reading Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy was a revelation. Again. I found myself marking quotations on nearly every page, holding back tears on every page, inspired on every page. Stevenson unveils the injustice that clogs the criminal justice system. While I felt so much anger while reading, Stevenson always brings it back to hope, to the mercy that gives the book its title. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod The structure, which alternates between the ongoing story of Walter McMillian and individual stories that highlight different forms of injustice, allows him the opportunity to highlight both the systemic problems that plague the system AND individual stories that give those problems a face. Bryan Stevenson engages both the reader's brain and emotions as he makes an argument for humanity and mercy. 5mo
thebluestocking Well said. I loved this book too. 💙 5mo
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Avidreader25
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This nonfiction book is written by a civil rights lawyer about his time fighting for the rights of death row prisoners. I had no idea it would be so powerful and moving. The book focuses on one main prisoner, Walter, but includes dozens of stories of other broken preteens and mentally ill individuals who have been imprisoned for life. It demonstrates the difference one person can make.

“Each of us is more than the worst thing we‘ve ever done.”

DivineDiana Yes, very powerful! 6mo
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JoyBlue
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April reading recap: 18 (not including bailed: 4)

*4- or 5-star reads (in order of reading)*

A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns, Archie Bongiovanni & Tristan Jimerson

Charlotte's Web, E.B. White (RR)

The Shadow Cipher (York #1), Laura Ruby

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, Bryan Stevenson

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman (RR)

Before the Fall, Noah Hawley

JoyBlue *honorable mention (3+ or 4-)*

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows (re-read)
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Well done! 📖💖 6mo
JoyBlue @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Thank you very much! On a different note, have you seen the Carmen San Diego FunkoPop? So cute!! 6mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @JoyBlue Yes! I got one as soon as I found out they existed. Lol. 😊 6mo
JoyBlue @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Yay!! I added her to my gift wish list, hoping that one of my boys will get her for me for Mother‘s Day. 😉 Number Two Son gave me Nearly Headless Nick (also from my list) for my birthday—hilarious! 6mo
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JoyBlue
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Wow! That was hard! Strong pick for anyone interested in social justice. Really, everyone should read this. I found it heartbreaking and infuriating (as I've mentioned in previous posts), but also hopeful, inspiring, and compassionate.

MsLeah8417 Be sure to read The Sun Does Shine if you haven‘t already done so. 6mo
JoyBlue @MsLeah8417 I haven‘t—thanks for the recommendation! 🙂 6mo
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JoyBlue
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I'm trying to restrict myself to reading tagged book only during waking hours because it is simultaneously heartbreaking and infuriating.

Today's walk was cooler and less sunny than yesterday's, but just as good. Our Japanese weeping cherry tree celebrated its 17th anniversary with us last week. It's never bloomed so gradually before. I hope our crazy weather doesn't inhibit full bloom.

#LitsyWalkers #WorldBookDay

Aloisi_tribe I‘ve never heard of a weeping cherry tree before. How cool! 6mo
Aloisi_tribe I‘ve never heard of a weeping cherry tree before. How cool! 6mo
JoyBlue @Aloisi_tribe I really love it! If I remember correctly, there was something lame there when we bought the house (maybe a crabapple) that was too big for the space/too close to the house. Once we bought this little beauty, we took all the boys‘ milestone photos in front of it. 💙 6mo
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Kimbersgiselle
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My aspiration to become a public defense attorney is what initially brought me to the law. I got to hear Bryan Stevenson speak in Sacramento when I worked at the Dept. of Justice. I started to think maybe defending people on death row is where I needed to focus. This book basically convinced me not to pursue that career but nonetheless served as a huge inspiration to me. Highly recommend!

tpixie Welcome! 🥳📚🥳 6mo
tpixie My husband did private law, but then did Federal Defense sometimes too. He enjoyed the mix. One of his cases- representing a man accused of Murder- right after the death penalty in our state got reinstated. (edited) 6mo
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Kimbersgiselle Wow! That is heavy stuff to work in. That‘s great for your husband! 6mo
tpixie It was quite an eye opener! 6mo
CrowCAH Welcome to the Litsy family!!! 📚 6mo
KathyWheeler This book was my university‘s Common Read last year; it was fantastic! Stevenson spoke on our campus and he was such an inspiration. I don‘t see how he does that work; I think I‘d be a wreck if I did it. 6mo
vumblereads Welcome to the Litsy family!!! Thanks for following me! 6mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 6mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💖 6mo
Slajaunie Welcome to Litsy! 📖📚🎉 6mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌸 5mo
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JoyBlue
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"The opposite of poverty is not wealth. The opposite of poverty is justice."

Rachel_nyc This book should be required reading. The author is a real inspiration. 6mo
JoyBlue @Rachel_nyc I agree! 6mo
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ErinC
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Great read about the injustices and inequality in the American justice system. I didn‘t love the author‘s voice as narrator but the content was fantastic. I learned a lot.

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Christinak
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Starting this months book club pick
#Alabama

Reagan-reads Great book! He is a real life hero. 6mo
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TelevisionNeighbor
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Also a story of compassion and brokenness. The way Bryan writes about how we‘re all connected through our brokenness is something I‘ll always remember. It‘s always alarming to see stats and dates that show how awful this country has been and in recent years. Not just way back in the history books.

Amiable Wonderfully written and very powerful 7mo
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ScientistSam
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A compelling book detailing cases where the justice system has been anything but just, focusing particularly on application of the death penalty. Some of the additional cases, while very interesting, confused the timeline somewhat for the main case outlined, so I would have preferred a somewhat different layout. However, that does not negate the fact that this is a gripping read that brings up important points about our criminal justice system.

Suet624 Don‘t know if you‘re interested in reading more, but Bryan represented an innocent man who was on death row for 30 years. The book was really good, Hinton was inspirational, and somehow the book was uplifting. 7mo
ScientistSam @Suet624 thanks! Added to my stack! 7mo
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ErinC
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This is my classroom & I love Donors Choose to add books to my classroom library. I‘ve got a project focusing on books with social justice issues at their core for a book club we are going to do this spring. Donations are currently DOUBLED with code pwcbasics at checkout! Littens are awesome so I thought I‘d throw it out here in case anyone can help my kids out! https://www.donorschoose.org/project/social-justice-book-club-warriors/3834154/

irre Done! Good luck on your project. 7mo
ErinC @irre thank you so much! 7mo
CrowCAH This is great; that‘s why I love books, they generate discussion! 7mo
ErinC Exactly @CrowCAH! 7mo
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kelli7990
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This is my review on Goodreads. This is an important book to read at least once but it‘s a heavy topic and people have a lot of strong opinions about it. It has a lot of good quotes but I mentioned one that is my favorite. I personally didn‘t have much to say about this one in the book club meeting but I learned so much just from hearing other people‘s thoughts about the book.

#JustMercy #BryanStevenson

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3. ☀️ 63F
4. I don‘t eat it much anymore, but Mac and cheese with ketchup
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LokiDokey I used to eat Mac n Cheese with ketchup all the time as a kid. 😀 7mo
4thhouseontheleft @LokiDokey I don‘t eat Mac and cheese anymore, but if I did I would probably still do it! 7mo
AsYouWish I do Mac and cheese with crackers now, but I am sure I did the ketchup thing when I was younger. 7mo
Maygm Just Mercy was sooooo good. 7mo
Bookzombie Yes for Mac and cheese with ketchup. I also like it on leftover mashed potatoes. 7mo
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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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Why do I think this is an important read? Because it creates awareness that there exists a system that is unfair mostly to the poor, women, the discriminated, and the young - "a system that continues to treat the rich and guilty better than the poor and innocent". This quote right here is what scares me: "Finality, not fairness, had become the new priority in death penalty jurisprudence."
Full review on blog.
#BlackHistoryMonth

AmyG Now I am more excited to read this. I have heard this is an excellent book. 8mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @AmyG they're making it into a movie too! 8mo
thebluestocking I think this is a phenomenal book. It sheds so much light on the US criminal justice system. 8mo
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Jee_HookedOnBookz @thebluestocking I agree with you! Phenomenal is the right word to describe it! Every case I read was shocking. So unbelievable yet true! 8mo
TheBookHippie I‘ve read it three times!!!! It is what I see in court ... 8mo
TheBookHippie @AmyG you will love it!!! 8mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @TheBookHippie omg if only I could chat with you! Coz I'd love to hear your experiences! 8mo
TheBookHippie @Jee_HookedOnBookz well now I know what to write to you. I‘ll send a story a time. 8mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @TheBookHippie omg... THANK YOU THANK YOU SO SO MUCH! This means the world to me! Thank you!! ❤️❤️😭I'm touched! 8mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @TheBookHippie I just replied your mail. Will be sending out replies soon! 8mo
thebluestocking @TheBookHippie Are you an attorney too? There are quite a lot of us around here. 😉 #lawyersoflitsy 8mo
TheBookHippie @thebluestocking No. I feel I know the law very well though!! The youth I mentor are in court weekly at least one of them for various reasons. I‘m in year 31 mentoring. My brother in law is the prosecuting attorney for the county- another brother in law is a cop for the city. I‘m most often on the opposite side of either of them . As a survivor I was in court for me for over 5 years straight. I have so much respect for attorneys both sides ❤️. 8mo
TheBookHippie @thebluestocking my good friend is an immigration lawyer. I feed her and bring her coffee, paper towel, TP and Kleenex ...she works ALLTHETIME. 8mo
thebluestocking @TheBookHippie That‘s super cool that you mentor youth, especially as a survivor. And that‘s more contact with courts than I have!! 😂Moat attorneys I know work way too much, but I try really hard not to. 8mo
TheBookHippie @thebluestocking I have a deposition at 9am tomorrow 🤣 8mo
thebluestocking @TheBookHippie Those can be intense. For you? Or for someone else? I‘ve never been deposed personally but I‘ve taken many of them. 8mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @TheBookHippie you're one amazing person!! I salute volunteers like you! Thank you so much for what you do! ❤️😘 8mo
TheBookHippie @thebluestocking It‘s me -on behalf of a kiddo. I‘ve done them a lot.. I‘m feared, so that helps 🤣. Apparently I‘m intimidating. Who knew. 8mo
TheBookHippie @Jee_HookedOnBookz ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 8mo
AmyG @Jee_HookedOnBookz @TheBookHippie Thank you. I am now going to read this soon and pass onto my daughter. She is a school counselor and many of her kiddos have family members who have had to deal with the criminal justice system. 8mo
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@Gaylagal2 Holy cow...thank you from the bottom of my heart. I just love it all. I don‘t know which book to read first- they are all amazing and what I am dying to read. The bookmark is perfect. But the t-shirt- I shall wear it all summer on my walks. It‘s perfect. Thank you thank you thank you. 😘😘😘
@Chelle Thanks for organizig such a great swap.
#BlitsyHistoryMonthSwap #BlitayHistoryMonth #BHMS

Jee_HookedOnBookz Wow! What amazing books! I love the shirt! And I literally just finished Just Mercy and reviewed it! 😁 8mo
violabrain Read Just Mercy first. It‘s a life-changing book. 8mo
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Gaylagal2 @AmyG I am so glad your happy! When I drew your name I stoked 🤙Enjoy my friend 😘🤓 8mo
TrishB Lovely 💕 8mo
AmyG @Gaylagal2 You are the best. 😘 8mo
Chelleo Yes!! That shirt is gorg! Happy #blitsyhistorymonth!! 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve only read Just Mercy which is an incredibly important read, but I‘ve heard great things about the others! Love the shirt! 8mo
AmyG @Chelleo I love it! Thank you @erzascarletbookgasm 8mo
AmyG @Butterfinger Tammy....I DID get a package...and you can see how wonderful it is. Thank you for your sweet, kind note. I can‘t tell you how touched I was by your gesture. 😘 8mo
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Exceptional book. Stevenson chronicles cases in which juveniles are sentenced to death, innocent men are on death row, and incarceration for the poor and mentally ill. Well written, inspiring, disturbing and informative, I will be thinking about this one for awhile.

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This book continues to make me so sad and so angry at the same time. I just don‘t understand

The author is doing an amazing job with such a difficult subject, I‘m only able to read small bits before needing to read something else.

BookNerd9906 Smh 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I just heard the author on a podcast. Despite wanting to read this for a while, I haven‘t prioritized. Since the podcast, it‘s WAY up the list! 10mo
prowlix @BarbaraTheBibliophage I had moved it up after hearing it‘s in the works for a movie. The author does a great job giving you a lot of facts while still telling these stories so it doesn‘t feel like academic nonfiction 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @prowlix Great to know. I‘m not surprised, based on listening to him being interviewed. 9mo
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4thhouseontheleft 💙💙💙 10mo
MicrobeMom Need to remember this!!! 10mo
violabrain This book is SO incredible! 10mo
Blaire Yes! This is the advice a criminal defense attorney gave me in law school in how he looks at his clients - he asked us to imagine being judged by the worst thing we‘d ever done and to instead look at the whole person. 10mo
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Wtf Mississippi and Alabama!?!?

silentrequiem I'm really shocked that it wasn't taken to the Supreme Court before 2000. Also, agreed on the WTF. 41% voted to keep the ban??? 10mo
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My best read of 2018 is Just Mercy. Without a doubt one of the most powerful books I have ever read. It broke my heart and made me determined to be kinder to others. @LazyDays

Bookishthoughts 💗 10mo
KathyWheeler He spoke at my university last month and was just amazing. 10mo
BridgetteM @KathyWheeler I would love to hear him speak one day! 10mo
KathyWheeler @BridgetteM I hope you get a chance to; he‘s inspiring. Just Mercy is my university‘s Common Read/Common World book this year, and he came as part of the programming for that. 10mo
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Stevenson, a graduate of Harvard Law, founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a law firm dedicated to defending the poor, the wrongly condemned, and those trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. This is both a memoir of his legal work with one of his first clients, a man who got the death penalty for a murder he didn‘t commit, and a discussion of what's wrong with the U.S. justice system. A must read

Day 7: #adventrecommends

Tamra So good! 10mo
Amiable @Tamra Isn't it? It was my only 5-star read the year I finished it! 10mo
Ericalambbrown This sounds like wonderful, yet infuriating, read. 10mo
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Blaire
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Stevenson‘s work has long inspired me. when I started law school I hoped to do this work but after one internship it was too emotionally intense. Book powerfully shows systemic injustice not just in the form of wrongful convictions but in overly long sentences. So much racism and inequality this country refuses to confront. Book was both hopeful and heartbreaking and recognizes the humanity of all. #booked2018 #diversenonfiction

Reviewsbylola I‘ve had this on my TBR for far too long. 11mo
4thhouseontheleft I have recommended this book to so many people! 11mo
Cinfhen Exactly what @Reviewsbylola said 😔I‘m gong to read it this year for sure!!!! 11mo
Blaire @Reviewsbylola @cinfhen read it! I know @4thhouseontheleft would agree. ☺️ I already knew about most of the cases but reading the facts and understanding what goes on in our system and how hard he had to fight for just results is astounding. 11mo
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I use this quote to remind me to choose kindness every day, even when it‘s difficult. If you haven‘t read Just Mercy, please do. Everyone should read it.

Elma I just bought it on a Cyber Monday deal. Can't wait to read it. 11mo
BridgetteM @Elma Have your tissues handy. I cried a lot of tears! 11mo
Elma @BridgetteM Good to know. 11mo
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SassyBrit Sounds great! Thanks for your warm welcome! 💕 11mo
BridgetteM @SassyBrit Looking forward to getting to know you! 11mo
SassyBrit Thanks 😁 11mo
SassyBrit Same here! 😁 11mo
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