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Men We Reaped
Men We Reaped: A Memoir | Jesmyn Ward
In this stirring and clear-eyed memoir, the 2011 National Book Award winner contends with the deaths of five young men dear to her, and the still great risk of being a black man in the rural South."We saw the lightning and that was the guns; and then we heard the thunder and that was the big guns; and then we heard the rain falling and that was the blood falling; and when we came to get in the crops, it was dead men that we reaped.?? -Harriet TubmanIn five years, Jesmyn Ward lost five young men in her life-to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that can follow people who live in poverty, particularly black men. Dealing with these losses, one after another, made Jesmyn ask the question: Why? And as she began to write about the experience of living through all the dying, she realized the truth-and it took her breath away. Her brother and her friends all died because of who they were and where they were from, because they lived with a history of racism and economic struggle that fostered drug addiction and the dissolution of family and relationships. Jesmyn says the answer was so obvious she felt stupid for not seeing it. But it nagged at her until she knew she had to write about her community, to write their stories and her own. Jesmyn grew up in poverty in rural Mississippi. She writes powerfully about the pressures this brings, on the men who can do no right and the women who stand in for family in a society where the men are often absent. She bravely tells her story, revisiting the agonizing losses of her only brother and her friends. As the sole member of her family to leave home and pursue higher education, she writes about this parallel American universe with the objectivity distance provides and the intimacy of utter familiarity. A brutal world rendered beautifully, Jesmyn Ward's memoir will sit comfortably alongside Edwidge Danticat's Brother, I'm Dying, Tobias Wolff's This Boy's Life, and Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
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Scochrane26
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Even though this memoir is not the happiest, it is my favorite book of April 2021. A beautiful, sad, thoughtful memoir. #12booksof2021 @Andrew65

Andrew65 A wonderful author, should be an interesting read. 1mo
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This book is a gut punch and necessarily so. It‘s about systemic racism, but told at the micro-level of her family and community rather than the macro-level of some other works on the topic and thus brings an important perspective to the topic. The writing is urgent and painful and beautiful. So important.

Finished today as part of #Adventathon Day 22

Scochrane26 Glad you liked it. It is gut-wrenching but important. 1mo
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Warm cat in lap and book in hand #adventathon day 19

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“My parents were screaming at each other, their voices loud and carrying out of the windows, but I could not understand what they were saying. I heard one word repeated over and over again: you. You and you and you and you! This was punctuated by throwing things. The sun had set, and the evening sky was fading blue to black. Above Joshua‘s and my head, bats swooped, diving for insects. The windows shone yellow.” #Adventathon day 13

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It‘s ok, April. I only wanted to read the epigraphs and table of contents today. 😆 Enjoy your nap. #catsoflitsy
#Adventathon Day 12

Scochrane26 She‘s so cute though 😻 2mo
shortsarahrose @Scochrane26 she really is - I can‘t be mad at her when she is so darn cute! (She did eventually move so I could read for a bit) 2mo
Leftcoastzen 😻 2mo
ozma.of.oz Oh but look at that face! Let her nap! 💕💕 2mo
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shortsarahrose
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This package from @Scochrane26 for #HHS #HauntedHallowSwap is just delightful! I‘m so looking forward to reading Jesmyn Ward‘s memoir and glad to hear that it was one of your favorites this year! Children of Men looks super suspenseful. The tea will be perfect to have while curled up with a book and the tea towel is adorable. I love the smell of the goat milk soap and know my skin can use the sugar cube scrub. So cool that they are local goodies!

shortsarahrose Thank you! And thanks to @wanderinglynn for organizing this swap! 3mo
Scochrane26 Glad you like everything! 🙂 3mo
wanderinglynn Awesome! 🎃🧡 3mo
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"...I found the adage about time healing all wounds to be false: grief doesn't fade. Grief scabs over like my scars and pulls into new, painful configurations as it knits. It hurts in new ways. We are never free from grief. We are nervous free from the feeling that we have failed. We are never free from self-loathing. We are never free from the feeling that made this mess."

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Karmapen
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This book was so beautifully written but devastating, each loss the author suffered piling atop another. Absolutely gutting.

SamAnne Loved this one. 7mo
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#curiouscovers #grey has me looking around and thinking of #BLM racism and social justice.

@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Jesmyn Ward 📚💗 8mo
Eggs Beautiful 🖤🔘☑️🖤 8mo
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Ward‘s memoir accounts her personal history and grief after the deaths of five Black men in her life over the course of 4 years. But it also is a broader study of the often common tragedy of being and loving Black men in the American South. Ward‘s writing is raw and superb; grief dripping from the pages. Grief not only for the lives lost, but grief for all the Black men that “wanted more for himself, but he didn‘t know how to get it.” 4 ⭐️

SamAnne Reading this book prompted me to read all her books in less than 2 months. 8mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @SamAnne I love her! I need to read “Salvage” and “Sing” stat!! 8mo
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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I started Jesmyn Ward‘s memoir today and found these two epigraphs to be incredibly moving. The quote from Harriet Tubman in particular brought me to tears.

SamAnne Such a great memoir. It has stayed with me. 8mo
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TheBookDream
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Finished just in time for #AuthorAMonth. A tough but necessary read. #ownvoices

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This was an incredible and heartbreaking memoir.the resilience that Jesmyn award has shown following the loss of five young men who were close to her within four years, 3 of whom their deaths occurred in a year. I can‘t even imagine suffering that kind of loss and finding the strength to keep moving forward and getting out of bed each day. #AuthorAMonth #BookSpinBingo

Come-read-with-me I loved this book! 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 9mo
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ValerieAndBooks
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Heart and soul wrenching. Jesmyn Ward shares her losses of men in her life — too many — and also shares statistics on mental health of men like the ones she knew and loved. Very sad but an important read.

Read for #authoramonth @Soubhiville

Suet624 This was a tough one. 9mo
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Eggs
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This was tough to read but Ward writes so flawlessly that you can‘t stop. Losing friends, siblings, and cousins is excruciating especially when they are children or young adults. But those deaths teach us to love fiercely those who remain, and to survive with dignity.
#authoramonth2021 @Soubhiville
#bookspinbingo #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

kspenmoll 💜 your review. 10mo
Texreader Beautiful review. Makes me wish I‘d picked this one to read instead 10mo
Eggs Thank you 🧡🧡 @kspenmoll @Texreader 10mo
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TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 9mo
Eggs @TheAromaofBooks Thanks 🙏🏻 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks And now she has lost her husband to covid 😥😥😥😥 9mo
Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks oh noooo💔💔 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs I will tag you in what she wrote about it 💔💔💔 9mo
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She wrote this memoir to honor her fallen friends and family, especially her little brother. Fallen of too much despair in the circuitous, neverending system of being poor, being Black, and being men in the deep south. The way Ward organized her writing was brilliant. It breaks my heart that casual racism in housing, employment, education is still causing death.

#AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville
#AwesomeApril @Andrew65 book 3

Cinfhen Wonderful choice and beautiful review 10mo
TrishB Lovely review. Broke my heart too 💔 10mo
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Amiable Great review! 10mo
4thhouseontheleft Great review! 10mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 10mo
Andrew65 We need to change this situation, totally unacceptable! 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Couldn‘t agree more. I‘m reading a book by Sarah Brook and was just thinking I should pair it with this book. 10mo
Butterfinger @BarbaraTheBibliophage that looks like another powerful read from around the same location. 10mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa This one is on my list to read this month. She‘s the #AuthorAMonth pick this month. 9mo
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TrishB
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It‘s probably not a good idea to read this in one sitting, I feel a bit battered now.
A wonderful read, with so much to talk about.
Again, this is why I don‘t read a lot of NF though, because I can‘t reassure myself it‘s just a story.
Thanks Misty - you‘ve probably long forgotten you sent me this ❤️

MicheleinPhilly This book broke me. 😥 10mo
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly I can‘t go to bed yet as just finished and need to quiet my thoughts. So heart breaking 💔 10mo
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Scochrane26 She has a way of describing grief & helps you see the whole person, good & bad. 10mo
SamAnne After I read Salvage the Bones I read all her other books in 6 weeks. That‘s not something I usually do. This one is gut wrenching. 10mo
Megabooks It is just tragic! 10mo
Soubhiville She‘s a new favorite author for me, and this was my first by her. Heartbreaking. 10mo
Butterfinger I will probably be able to finish mine tonight. It's such a powerful book. The title itself is amazing and to think it came from Tubman. I just finished when her sister's boyfriend died. HE Knew he wasn't going to live long. So sad and awful. 10mo
Cathythoughts Sounds really good ( and hard going ). Lovely Sansa ❤️ 10mo
TrishB @Scochrane26 definitely agree. 10mo
TrishB @SamAnne I haven‘t read that one, I‘ve read reviews that say it has a lot of animal cruelty. 10mo
TrishB @Megabooks it definitely is 💔 10mo
TrishB @Soubhiville she‘s an excellent writer 👍🏻 10mo
TrishB @Butterfinger yes, that resignation is also soul destroying. No one should feel like that due to circumstances outside their control. 10mo
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Melismatic
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Rarely do books make me cry but wow, this one sure did. Heartbreakingly raw, intense, grief-stricken, the author lifts up the lives of important men in her life who were taken from her. It‘s a brutal read but a fundamental one. #AuthorAMonth

TrishB This is my next read I think! 10mo
Melismatic @TrishB it‘s a doozy! 10mo
Soubhiville Yes! Great review. 10mo
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I. A character from The Nightingale 😭 but don‘t want to do a spoiler

II. Quite difficult to narrow down to 1, but I‘ll say How to Walk Away

III. ⬆️

#thoughtfulthursday @MoonWitch94

julesG Thanks for the tag. I'll need to think on this. 10mo
CaroPi Oh I know which character! The sister, right?Totally agree. I was also thinking about this book in my post. So many tissues!!! 10mo
Eggs @CaroPi Yes!! So emotional 10mo
MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 🌸☺️📖 10mo
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This one is taking me a while to get through it....It‘s a very heavy memoir.

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Scochrane26
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I loved this book! Yes, it was sad, serious, and full of death, but it resonated with me. As most of you know, Ward writes about her childhood/young adulthood and alternates with the stories of 5 men who died in her neighborhood, including her brother. She writes vividly about the obstacles Black men & women face in her area, her grief, and her community. I connected to her loss of young friends. I‘ve lost young ones to car accidents, suicide, 👇

Scochrane26 Kayak accident, heart conditions, leukemia, and diabetes. Ward writes so well about grief. #authoramonth @Soubhiville I‘ve had this book on my bookspin list for a long time, glad I finally read it. 10mo
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Soubhiville
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This is my first by Jesmyn Ward. I love the way she writes and will definitely be reading more.

She‘s seen so much tragedy in her life. It‘s obvious by the blurb, but be prepared to cry.

#authoramonth

Scochrane26 I‘m reading this, too. Can‘t help but think about the loss of her husband last year on top of these losses. 10mo
Megabooks Fantastic review! 10mo
ValerieAndBooks Still waiting for this one from the library! Your review is making me more impatient for my turn. 10mo
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What a compelling, devastating read. Jesmyn has seen so much loss, and she writes so eloquently about it. She follows the deaths of five close-to-her men in reverse chronological order back to her brothers death, while following her family‘s life forward from her parents‘ courtship in alternate chapters. If you have any doubts about the unique difficulties of being Black in the US, especially in the Deep South, read this. #audiobook #authoramonth

Cinfhen For some reason when I read this one I didn‘t connect. I LOVED Sing so much so I was surprised not to have loved her NF 🤷🏼‍♀️ 10mo
Cinfhen Are u not sleeping again??? ☹️ 10mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I went to bed early. 👍🏻 10mo
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Megabooks @Cinfhen see, I didn‘t connect with Sing at all. So maybe there is something to liking either her fiction or her nonfiction. 10mo
Scochrane26 @Cinfhen @Megabooks I was just thinking last night about my reactions to Sing & this one. I‘ll finish Men we Reaped today & love it. I liked Sing but didn‘t connect with it as much. 10mo
Cinfhen So interesting @Megabooks @Scochrane26 and I generally PREFER nonfiction but for some reason I was gobsmacked by 10mo
Cinfhen Her fiction is obviously heavily influenced by her own story so I feel like all her books fiction & NF feel similar @Scochrane26 and I didn‘t care for 10mo
Megabooks @Scochrane26 @Cinfhen I think part of what turned me against SUS was all the graphic vomiting. But I agree her fiction is strongly influenced by her real life. I feel like I need to read more by her. 10mo
Scochrane26 @Megabooks @Cinfhen Lol, I think some of the graphic images bothered me, too, in SUS. The beginning with goat & then other descriptions. I appreciated the themes of the book. 10mo
Come-read-with-me This book really moved me. 10mo
Megabooks @Come-read-with-me me as well. 10mo
Centique I‘ve loved this and the two novels - but Salvage the Bones was my favourite so I‘m probably the inverse of @Cinfhen 😂😂 10mo
Cinfhen Why am I not surprised @Centique ?!?!!! 😘 10mo
Cinfhen Yeah the vomiting and goat was a bit much @Scochrane26 @Megabooks 10mo
Megabooks @Centique I haven‘t read Salvage yet. 10mo
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Come-read-with-me
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Throughout my life, I have tried to understand the dynamics of race, to “put myself in the shoes of another person.” Ward‘s book helped me realize that I have never once come close to truly understanding what it is like to live in a world where you are not protected by the umbrella of colour and privilege. This book was a stunning lesson in how to truly understand race - we should all read it if we want to learn a little more. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Suet624 Great review for a great book. 11mo
SamAnne One of the more powerful memoirs I‘ve read. Great review. 11mo
kspenmoll Great review!!!! 11mo
Come-read-with-me @Suetara @SamAnne @kspenmoll Thanks! It was such a powerful book. 11mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
TheKidUpstairs ❤❤❤ 12mo
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Authors I‘ve read all their books:
Jesmyn Ward -Jason Reynolds -Jacqueline Woodson - Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston- Maya Angelo- Alice Walker- Bells Hooks -Angela Davis- James Baldwin-Alex Haley-Langston Hughes-Richard Wright-Zadie Smith-Audre Lorde-Angie Thomas -Nella Larsen-Roxanne Gay- Mildred D. Taylor-Gwendolyn Brooks-Nikki Giovanni -Rita Williams-Garcia- Christopher Paul Curtis
Many more
Lupita Nyong'o my favorite new picture book

TheBookHippie #integrateyourshelf any new stuff from these folks I‘ll read automatically (edited) 13mo
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Author Grid of authors I read more than once this year 🤍

Victor Hugo
Shakespeare
LM Montgomery
Lang Leav
Toni Morrison
EE Cummings
Jesmyn Ward
Nic Stone
Nikki Giovanni
Hemingway
Stacy Lee
Danielle Steel
Rebecca Searle
Jane Austen
Kamala Harris
Proust

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Memoir
#ThankfulThoughts

I would love to meet her... She has lost so many men in her life.. 💔

This is heart wrenching to read, but please do 👇🏻😪😓💔

https://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2020/08/jesmyn-ward-on-husbands-death-and-gri...

SamAnne Loved this one. 1y
Eggs 😞💔😥 1y
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shaynarae
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A beautifully written and heartbreaking memoir of grief, poverty, race, and the loss of black men‘s lives close to Ward. An important and moving book for everyone to read.

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CoffeeK8 This article is heartbreaking 1y
Nute I could feel every ounce of pain expressed in this article. We are in need of unity and compassion across all fronts! 1y
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GingerAntics This was so moving, so raw, so real. You could feel every emotion and struggle. Then the doctor tells her the last sense to go is hearing, he could hear her say I love you one more time and I lost it. 😢😢😢 This is heartbreaking and so necessary right now. Sounds like the poor guy died of COVID, but I doubt they‘ll ever count him as one of the first cases. 1y
TheBookHippie @Nute I so agree. 1y
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics I agree it‘s COVID. Just tears me up . Heartbreakingly beautiful. I hope it goes viral and people read it and think. 1y
GingerAntics I totally get her fear to go out after her husband died and everyone went into lockdown. She didn‘t want to lose anyone else. I wish people could take this seriously as well so we can all be safer. This idea is heard immunity is ridiculous, especially since we know you can get it again now. Still, we have this stupid heard immunity mentality. 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I had no idea!!! I‘m so sad 💔💔💔 1y
TheBookHippie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks oh you missed the text I sent it in ? Sorry I thought you got it! 1y
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics it‘s all exasperating !!!! 1y
kspenmoll What a beautiful essay. Thank you!!!‘ Passing it on.., 1y
JaclynW This essay! Beautifully written - as only Jesmyn Ward could do. 😭😭😭 1y
GingerAntics It sure is. 1y
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MallenNC
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I‘ve read Jesmyn Ward‘s fiction but not her nonfiction work. This one is on my TBR, as is The Fire This Time, a collection of essays she edited, all responding to James Baldwin. #AugustAuthors

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love her! I haven‘t read this one yet either! 1y
OriginalCyn620 I‘ve never read her! 🤭 1y
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“My entire community suffered from a lack of trust: we didn‘t trust society to provide the basics of a good education, safety, access to good jobs, fairness in the justice system. And even as we distrusted the society around us, the culture that cornered us and told us we're perpetually less, we distrusted each other.“
#integrateyourshelf

ChasingOm Wow. This book is on my TBR. ❤️ 1y
WhatWouldJaneDo @ChasingOm it was incredible. I had a lot of hi lights from it; the first one I tried to use was way over the character limit though. 1y
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But this grief, for all its awful weight, insists that he matters. What we carry of Roger and Demond and CJ and Ronald says they matter. I have written only the nuggets of my friends‘ lives. This story is only a hint of what my brother‘s life was worth, more than the 19 years he lived, more than the 13 years he‘s been dead. It is worth more than I can say. And there‘s my dilemma, because all I can do in the end is say.

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Over five years, Jesmyn Ward lost five men she was close to, including her brother. She weaves their stories with her memories of growing up in Mississippi, exploring the ways that poverty and institutional racism contributed to their deaths. This was a tough read but so worth it. #integrateyourshelf

SamAnne Loved this one. 1y
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I thought this book would gut me. It switches between stories of deaths of young black men in the author's hometown and her personal memoir. While it was well written and I connected to the memoir sections, the accounts of death did not grab me as much. It finally all came together with the author's brother's death, which was the second to last chapter. That delay in truly personal connection to these deaths took me out too much too often.

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Gorgeous day for a boat ride. Been slowly making my way through this book, hoping to finish it this weekend. It hasn't captured me as much as I thought, but it's especially hard to get into with scenery like this.

Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 1y
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This incredible memoir of life, love, & loss is a kindle deal today.

kspenmoll Thanks for posting this. 2y
SamanthaMarie Just bought it! Thank you :) 2y
SamAnne Ward's memoir is one of the best I've read in a long time. Highly recommend! 2y
megnews @kspenmoll @SamanthaMarie you‘re welcome! 2y
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What a heartbreaking and moving memoir. 4 ⭐️

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Books somewhere around 60 plus
LGBTQIA 6
DIVERSE 29 breakdown below
BLACK 20
BIPOC 9
Not included in count:
Every daily book readings in school that I read for read a louds always includes a diverse book along with another type book. I did not count those.
My books I read with kids at the alternative school are 80 percent BIPOC or POC or LGBTQIA

My preference is classical literature which is difficult to find diverse that I enjoy.

Butterfinger Those are impressive numbers. 2y
TheBookHippie @Butterfinger insomnia ..Covid.. I read all day long at school... I don‘t watch tv 🤷🏽‍♀️ it‘s low for me 🤣usually I have much higher numbers. 2y
ChasingOm I‘m so excited that you‘re joining us for this! Your tagged book is on my wishlist. ❤️ 2y
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TheBookHippie @ChasingOm I‘ve read everything she‘s written but this one tagged hit home it‘s just an amazing memoir. 2y
Emilymdxn Thank you for joining! I completely agree with you about enjoying classic literature making it difficult to find books by a range of authors. That‘s a big part of why my stats look like they do. I‘m excited to see what we find to read in the course of the project though! 2y
TheBookHippie @Emilymdxn it‘s easier to find poetry I‘ve found. I am doing a lot of research on it I‘ll let you know what I find. 2y
Emilymdxn @thebookhippie Recently I've been reading a fair amount of classic and modern classic Japanese novels which I'm finding very rewarding as well. I'm also just recently delving into the ancient Chinese classics which aren't easy reads but I'm getting a lot out of them! Have you read any Junichiro Tanizaki? I felt like The Makioka Sisters had such an interesting vibe and reminded me a lot of western 19th century classics 2y
TheBookHippie @Emilymdxn I have been reading off a POC list I find it‘s easier to find than Black authors which are very few and I‘ve read them already. Thanks for the recommendation I‘ll look those up. https://bookriot.com/2017/06/29/100-must-read-classics-by-people-of-color/amp/ list I‘ve been using 2y
Emilymdxn @TheBookHippie that list is fantastic you just added about 80 books to my tbr! I can feel my bank account groaning already. I think POC lists are a great resource, Black authors are incredibly important but integration and diversity in reading are such broad topics with so many backgrounds to include. How much progress on that list have you made? 2y
TheBookHippie @Emilymdxn I‘m about half way! I started last year I did another challenge in 2016 I will get it to you it had good suggestions. Some I had read already as required reading for school and reread if I thought I may view it differently. 2y
TheBookHippie @Emilymdxn I library them and if not at library buy it and if I like it after reading I purchase it for shelf ❤️ 2y
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Yay! I just picked up the two books I ordered for #BlackoutBestsellerList and #BlackPublishingPower.

I loved the one book I read by J. Ward and Citizen had an intriguing description.

Good Talk is a relevant bonus buy -- Indian mother has variations of The Talk with her mixed race son, told in graphic novel format!

BarbaraBB Great pick and pic 😀 2y
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TheBookHippie ✊🏼 2y
TheBookHippie @Maria514626 Of course ✊🏼 2y
Amandajoy That‘s a great list! Now I just need to find more time to read! 2y
Chrissyreadit @Amandajoy - yes- my school schedule is getting in the way of my education. 2y
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'After I left New York, I found the adage about time healing all wounds
to be false: grief doesn‘t fade. Grief scabs over like my scars and pulls into
new, painful configurations as it knits. It hurts in new ways. We are never
free from grief. We are never free from the feeling that we have failed. We
are never free from self-loathing. We are never free from the feeling that
something is wrong with us, not with the world that made this mess.'

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@TheBookHippie @Sward7 @Princess-Kingofkings @suvata This was a tough one. I could hear the author‘s voice at times, but not always. The trauma of her story was difficult for me to absorb right now. It‘s an important read and I could tell the she wrote her heart into it. I am glad I read it. Thank you for choosing this Christine. 3/5🖤s #LMPBC I‘ll send this out to Nichole soon.

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“We are never free from grief. We are never free from the feeling that we have failed. We are never free from self-loathing. We are never free from the feeling that something is wrong with us, not with the world that made this mess.”

Everyone should read this. It was heartbreaking, real and raw.

SamAnne Might be my favorite book of hers. One of the best memoirs I‘ve read. 2y
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AmyK1
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1. It‘s pretty small right now. I‘m currently reading the tagged. Then I have my 3 #bookspin books and Anne of Avonlea planned. After those I‘ll see what I feel like reading.
2. Bargain Hunter. My best friend and I played it all the time at her house growing up and I finally found it a few years ago on eBay so I have it now too!
3. Getting outside
4. No but I never do
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TheBookHippie
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@Sward7 this is on its way to you!!
#LMPBC GROUP V
@Princess-Kingofkings bless you the book arrived yesterday !!!
@Wife 📔

I imagine times may be slower traveling 💌📫
This was AHMAZING 🖤📔📬📫💌

Sward7 Can‘t wait to start reading. 2y
Sward7 I just received it and can‘t wait to start it. (04/06/20) 2y
TheBookHippie @Sward7 thank goodness!!!! I‘ve not seen mail in my box on three different days it‘s all so crazy here 😫🤯🤦🏽‍♀️ we never know truly when things go out. 2y
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Wife Hi Christine, I just got this book and am excited to start reading. I saw that your comments are on a separate paper. So you prefer that I do the same? 2y
TheBookHippie @Wife oh no do whatever you want it‘s easier for me as I have familial tremors and a lot of times I shake too much to write . Frustrating . 2y
Wife Oh good. I love ❤️ to write in LMPBC books. I had a hard time writing in them in my very first round. In elementary school, I was taught to wash my hands before reading to protect the book. So writing ✍🏻 in a book didn‘t feel proper. But now 😈😈😈😈 2y
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