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Long Division
Long Division | Kiese Laymon
Long Division includes two distinct but tightly interwoven stories--one called "All Things Considered," the other "Long Division." In the first, it's March 2012: 14-year-old Citoyen "City" Coldson and his nemesis, LaVander Peeler, become the first black male duo to win the state of Mississippi's Can You Use This Word in a Sentence contest finals. Both boys are asked to represent Mississippi at the televised national competition. (Hours before the contest begins, City is given a book without an author called "Long Division.") Turmoil and misunderstanding ensue, as City and LaVander learn they have reason to doubt the merit of their presence at the contest. They want us to win, City says to LaVander moments before the contest starts. After being assigned, and then misusing, the word niggardly in the first round of the contest, City has a remarkable on-stage meltdown in front of a national television audience. LaVander, on the other hand, though incredibly shaken, advances to the finals and has the chance to win the contest.The day after the contest, City is sent to spend the weekend with his grandmother in the small coastal community of Melahatchie, which is also the site of the mysterious disappearance of girl named Baize Shephard. Baize Shephard also happens to be one of the main characters in the book "Long Division," which City has been dipping into throughout the story. While in Melahatchie, City's troubled Uncle Relle reveals that City has become an overnight YouTube celebrity thanks to his on-stage meltdown, and that he is being sought to appear on a new television show called "Youtubes Black Reality All Stars." City is alternately celebrated and ridiculed by the white and black residents of Melahatchie as a result of his performance at the contest, even as he delves deeper into "Long Division" and its story of the missing Baize Shephard. When the neighborhood is convinced that a white man nicknamed Pot-Belly has assaulted Baize and done away with her body, they beat the man to death...or so City thinks, until he finds the man alive, chained up in a workshed in the back yard of his grandmothers house. City visits the imprisoned white man four times during the course of his weekend--reading to him from
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Eggbeater
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This book has many different elements packed into one little novel. It has time travel and racism, humor and coming-of-age. There are hysterical images I can't get out of my head. The main character is so endearing and the others are unique and memorable. It is unlike anything else I've read.

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Hooked_on_books
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I wasn‘t planning on getting any books today, but after being verbally abused in the parking lot (some man yelled, “Fuck you, bitch” at me for the heinous crime of…getting out of my car 🤷🏼‍♀️), when I saw this one, I decided it would help me feel better! And fellow Littens, it did.

MrsMalaprop People 😡🤷‍♀️. Glad you treated yourself. 😊 9mo
Crazeedi Oh no! Do people get meaner at Christmas? I thought it should be other way around. Sorry you were subjected to that, but I love your remedy!! 9mo
ravenlee Some people are just awful. I‘m sorry that happened to you. 9mo
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mcctrish Good lord, getting out of your car!!! I wonder what happens when someone actually infringes on his personal space or something?! I‘m glad you treated your self 👏🏻👏🏻 9mo
slategreyskies Oh wow, what a horrible person! Sorry you had to go through that! I‘m glad you got yourself a treat! 💕!! 9mo
TheBookHippie Ugh. I‘m so over people. So sorry. 9mo
Aims42 That‘s terrible! I‘m sorry you experienced that 🥺 Glad you got a book though! 9mo
LiteraryinLawrence That is so upsetting! 💗 9mo
vivastory Ugh, people 9mo
Ruthiella Humans can suck. Glad a little retail therapy helped somewhat. ❤️ 9mo
MaureenMc 💗 9mo
Megabooks Yeah, f that guy! Books definitely make things better. 👍🏻 9mo
Librarybelle People are the worst! That definitely called for a book purchase! 9mo
Tamra Good grief. 🤨 I don‘t blame you. 💜 9mo
Hooked_on_books @MrsMalaprop @Crazeedi @ravenlee @mcctrish @slategreyskies @TheBookHippie @Aims42 @LiteraryinLawrence @vivastory @Ruthiella @MaureenMc @Megabooks @Librarybelle @Tamra Thanks, everyone! I wish there weren‘t people in the world who think street harassment and violence against others is ok, but sadly there are. Glad to know I have so much solidarity here. ☺️ 9mo
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NataliePatalie
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I recently finished reading Long Division & WOW. Where to even begin. It really did have a bit of everything. Humor, love, time travel...what more could you need 😛 I'm still trying to wrap my head around the ending. But in the meantime I had to do my nails so figured why not paint them to match? I'm quite pleased with how closely I was able to match the colors! 🌈 I posted this on my nail IG & the author commented & shared it, I'm so flattered 🤩

annahenke Love those nails! 12mo
NataliePatalie Thanks @annahenke ! 💅 12mo
Blueberry How cool!! 12mo
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Karmapen
Long Division | Kiese Laymon
Mehso-so

This book was just too dark for me, although it added to my theory that time travel automatically makes a book creepy. Maybe I just wasn‘t in the right headspace because I could tell that it was a good story and the novel-within-a-novel worked really well, but it just left me with a heavy feeling in my gut.

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TerriGreen
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I did enjoy the characters as well as the 3 time periods in this book, but ultimately it was weird and way too confusing for me. Book 59 2⭐️

Tracyantoon Argh! This is on my TBR. I think I may still give it a try. 🤞🏻 2y
TerriGreen @Tracyantoon I have my copy still, do you want it? I‘d love to chat about it when you read it! 2y
Tracyantoon Oh yes!! I will take it! Give it to mom or Jen to bring down. 🥰 2y
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MsLeah8417
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Bertha_Mason
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"After the boy called Rozier a faggot, Rozier said he‘d never met a boy who smelled like sack and dookie through his church clothes. He called him an "ol' wiping-your-ass-forward-instead-of-backward-so-the-dookie-get-caked-up-under-your-sack-ass [*****]." He said the boy needed Mr. Miyagi to teach him to correctly "wipe on, wipe off."" ?⚰

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Bertha_Mason
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"The women saw me looking at them and they stared at me like I had a smushed little foot growing out of my cheek."

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Bertha_Mason
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"I don‘t know how to say this without making you hate me, but Shalaya Crump smelled like she‘d just come back from about six recesses right on top of one another. And at every recess, she must have been swimming naked in a sea of cube steak gravy." ?

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Bertha_Mason
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"When he opened his mouth, it sounded like big old flat tires rolling over jagged gravel."

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Bertha_Mason
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"Anyway, LaVander Peeler has way too much space between his eyes and his fade doesn‘t really fade right." ?

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Bertha_Mason
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"I‘m not white, homeless, or homosexual, but if I‘m going to keep it one hundred, I guess you should also know that LaVander Peeler smells so good that sometimes you can‘t help but wonder if a small beast farted in your mouth when you‘re too close to him."
Today in odd similes.

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Zoe_reads_books
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I‘m loving this book! An excellent summer read!

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ptkpepe98
Long Division | Kiese Laymon
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Next winner in my #LitsyAtoZ drawing is this gem from my TBR stack of print books. Some are ebooks; most are print books. So it's a good thing I finally finished the print book I started in early January. I have to do more of that if I want to get through my 26 books this year.

Distractions abound, though, don't they? #BlameItOnLitsy

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Listener15
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Read for @bookriot #ReadHarder Challenge to read a book about books. I don‘t know if I like this book or not. I really enjoyed parts, even cried at one, but at times I was confused to where I had to reread pages. Great story & characters, beautiful writing, there was a lot to think about. Feels like one of those classic southern writer books were the fun of the book is when you pick it apart. 3.5 stars, probably will bump it up after rereading.

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cocomass
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Well this was SUUUPER WEIRD in the most amazing way. I️ love the voices of all the characters, the time travel tripped me out, and I️ laughed through the whole thing. Some elements were a little confusing, but I️ think reading a hard copy of the book would have cleared things up. That said, the narrator was great! 4/5 stars

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cocomass
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Listening to this #audiobook with my mom while I‘m home 😊

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Lmstraubie
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Here are some of my #two-wordtitles. #anditsaugust @RealLifeReading

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Maike
Long Division | Kiese Laymon
Mehso-so

I'm not really sure what I think about it. It was definitely quite weird 😅

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JenP
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Mehso-so

Everyone seems to love this book but it was just okay for me. I loved the concept (time travel incorporating themes of prejudice, race relations) and I enjoyed the writing style which was smart and funny but half the time I was so confused with the plot that I had a hard time connecting with the important pieces. I liked it, I just didn't love it.

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Lmstraubie
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merelybookish I loved Long Division! I was just thinking today I'd like to reread it. 😃 6y
drokka I thought that about The Pumpkin Flowers too. 6y
Lmstraubie @merelybookish @drokka Good to know - Thanks! 6y
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lauralovesbooks1
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I don't think enough people know about this book. Time travel meets racism meets coming of age story. This novel moves back and forth in Mississippi between 1985, 1964, and 2013. Laymon does an exceptional job capturing small moments that tell big truths. I will be looking forward to more from this author.

Beckys_Books Really enjoyed this one! 6y
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roneea
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This.

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Lmstraubie
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#FunFridayPhoto I received this book in my @bookriot #bookmail books about books box This is a book that starts with the same letter as my first name that I haven't read, but has been hanging out in my #TBR pile @Liberty

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Lkardos12
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Mehso-so

I love the genre and character intersectionality of this book, but it hit this crescendo and fizzled in the last 20 pages. What happened at the end? Who is who and who is time traveling with who? Still loved this and would recommend to others!

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autumnlupin
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anybody else ever listen to a song or album so many times when reading a novel, they become associated? the most recent occurrence for me is Ed Sheeran's new songs and the Red Rising trilogy ahha

cariashley All the time!! I was just thinking about this. I love the random alchemy when this happens. 6y
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EmilyM
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4/5 stars--such an entertaining read! Time travel, social commentary, humor, well-developed characters...I definitely recommend it.

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EmilyM
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Been back at work for two days and we get a snow day! Perfect reading day and no papers to grade yet means no guilt! #teacheroflitsy

Bookworm83 I got one, too. Isn't it glorious? 6y
EmilyM @Bookworm83 Yes! Love not having anything to do for work since it is so early into the semester! 6y
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Chassie
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At a beach house with a pile of friends celebrating the holidays. There's a YUUUUGE bed swing on the 2nd floor balcony, and I read most of Long Division while sprawled out enjoying the warm weather. This one broke my brain in a great way. #unconventionalbeachreads

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Lkardos12
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Alternately being swallowed up by the plot and amazing sentences, and turning into a rage monster about the South 😤

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Litsy
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It's #FunFridayPhoto time! Today's photo: favorite books involving time travel. THERE ARE SO MANY.

"I went into this book on the trusted recommendation of a friend, so I didn't read the description, and WOW was I surprised when it turned out to be bananapants on top of being wicked sharp and smart." - @Liberty

RanaElizabeth Such an amazing book! Glad to see it getting press! 6y
merelybookish This book! 👍👍👍 6y
Tcip Going right into my TBR 6y
libchristina I loved this book! I need to reread it soon. 6y
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Liberty
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It's #FunFridayPhoto time! Today's photo: favorite books involving time travel. THERE ARE SO MANY.

I went into this book on the trusted recommendation of a friend, so I didn't read the description, and WOW was I surprised when it turned out to be bananapants on top of being wicked sharp and smart. 🤘🏻📚❤️

Janitor Dude. This was the next book I was considering. 6y
Liberty @Janitor Did you hear about it from @jennirl? That's where I learned about it. 😊 6y
emilygatlin He's writing a memoir! I cannot WAIT. (Google his essay "How They Do in Oxford" that he wrote for ESPN.) 6y
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jpmcwisemorgan You had me at bananpants. 6y
PlannerGirlBookClub I loved this book so much! I still don't understand the ending tho. 6y
Liberty @PlannerGirlBookClub I was pretty foggy on it myself. 😂 6y
Janitor Yeah 80% of my books these days are from you guys lol 6y
jennirl 🏆🏆🏆 6y
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NerdyRev
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I've started teaching my class, so reading has slowed a bit, but this book is pretty special. A book within a book about race, justice, and online fame. It is difficult to explain and sometimes a bit difficult to follow as you are placed in the book without warning, but it was an incredible read and well worth your time.

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Taylor
Long Division | Kiese Laymon
Mehso-so

This starts out really strong for the first two-thirds. Then, like out of nowhere, it gets too dull. It's as if the book needs to end but there are a hundred things to wrap up first. "So-so" rating because the beginning and middle are fantastic.

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Taylor
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I hated when folks used the word "however" in regular conversation. You knew that the person you were talking to was so much wacker than you thought as soon as you heard that word.

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Taylor
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This is the book I just bought, and seems like a great choice for my first Litsy post. Kiese Laymon is the author. So far I've only read the first chapter but I'm really enjoying it. Discovered this book through @kenny's Twitter.

oblongirl Ohhhhh this is a great book. 7y
Melissa Oooh, adding this one. I just read Kiese Laymon's piece on Outkast and it was so good. http://www.oxfordamerican.org/magazine/item/702-da-art-of-storytellin 7y
BetsyBrandt A favorite. 7y
Taylor @BetsyBrandt yeah I'm a hundred pages in now and really enjoying it 7y
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BetsyBrandt
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I can't say enough about what this book meant to me. Hilarious at times, heart up the wazoo, and brilliant at all times.

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