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Bastard Out of Carolina
Bastard Out of Carolina: A Novel | Dorothy Allison
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The modern literary classic that has been compared to To Kill a Mockingbird and Catcher in the Rye. "As close to flawless as any reader could ask for." -The New York Times Book Review The publication of Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina was a landmark event. The novel's profound portrait of family dynamics in the rural South won the author a National Book Award nomination and launched her into the literary spotlight. Critics have likened Allison to William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, and Harper Lee, naming her the first writer of her generation to dramatize the lives and language of poor whites in the South. Since its appearance, the novel has inspired an award-winning film and has been banned from libraries and classrooms, championed by fans, and defended by critics. Greenville County, South Carolina, is a wild, lush place that is home to the Boatwright family-a tight-knit clan of rough-hewn, hard- drinking men who shoot up each other's trucks, and indomitable women who get married young and age too quickly. At the heart of this story is Ruth Anne Boatwright, known simply as Bone, a bastard child who observes the world around her with a mercilessly keen perspective. When her stepfather Daddy Glen, "cold as death, mean as a snake," becomes increasingly more vicious toward her, Bone finds herself caught in a family triangle that tests the loyalty of her mother, Anney-and leads to a final, harrowing encounter from which there can be no turning back. Now available in a twentieth anniversary keepsake edition with a new afterword by the author.
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squirrelbrain
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Yes, it‘s traumatic and distressing in places with depictions of abuse (physical and sexual). However, this is a must-read, given that it is a semi-autobiographical novel as well as a #bannedbook- we owe it to the author to allow her message to be heard.

#readingUSA 2019
#southcarolina

@TrishB @Cinfhen @Balibee146 @BarbaraBB - do give it a go, it has an underlying positivity too, and it fits the #bannedbook prompt for #booked2020....

Librarybelle Good choice! 1mo
Eggs Agree 1mo
EH2018 Heartbreaking but well worth the read! 1mo
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Cinfhen Thanks for letting me know!!! I‘ll keep it in mind for #BannedBooks #Booked2020 ❣️😘 1mo
CBee Definitely worth reading! 1mo
TrishB Thanks! It will give me a reason to get it off the tbr! 1mo
BarbaraBB Great review. I‘ll stack! 1mo
lele1432 I've had this on my TBR for years! 1mo
Kdgordon88 I read this years ago. It is one of those books that stays with you long after you turned the last page. 1mo
Hooked_on_books Hmmm…I may have to read this now! 1mo
Samplergal I loved this book. So good, yet upsetting. 1mo
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twohectobooks
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I don‘t think I‘ve ever been so devastated by a book as I was at the end of this one. I‘m still thinking about it weeks later. I can‘t stop telling people about it either-it was so good and yet I hesitate to recommend it. It‘s about the titular bastard, a young girl named Bone who is growing up amid a rough but mostly loving extended family, tormented by an abusive stepfather. An extremely tough read but a very very good book.

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twohectobooks
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Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies.

Reagan Such a beautiful book. 3mo
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AnnCollins
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Honest and raw portrayal of Appalachia through the eyes of a young woman. There are certainly difficult moments to read through as this book focuses on childhood abuse and her longing for escape, but Allison doesn‘t hold back from the beautiful or hideous moments, telling the tale of an often forgotten and misunderstood culture, full of impossibly strong people and their compelling narratives. #queerauthors

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GeorgeanneD
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It‘s 2am and I don‘t have the words to accurately describe what this book has done to me. I was filled with rage, my heart broke, my eyes welled, my teeth gnashed, and I was struck speechless by the beautiful prose. Good books don‘t always make you feel good but they should show you something important.

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literarynox
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It is a sad story for sure.

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literarynox
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cathysaid
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I just answered a question on Jeopardy about The Jungle and classified it among my top three most disturbing reads. And of course that got me wondering...what are other Littens most disturbing reads? #disturbingreads #LitsyAfterDark

Erinreadsthebooks I read The Jungle in high school and Bastard in college. Definitely not feel good reads 😨 10mo
Kaye I must like disturbing reads because #1 and 3 are some of my favorites. 😱 10mo
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Leftcoastzen I‘m with @kaye disturbing but among my favorites! All three! The Jungle radicalized me at a young age. 10mo
cathysaid @Owlizabeth So would you suggest reading it or is it stuff nightmares are made of? Clearly I‘m drawn to disturbing. 🧐 10mo
cathysaid @Erinreadsthebooks That was the same timing for me as well! I often wonder if that timing affected the impact. 10mo
cathysaid @kaye @Leftcoastzen I can‘t say any are “favorites” but I also don‘t regret reading them. If they affected me so profoundly, then I feel the authors were successful. I think part of my issues are with my respective ages when I read them, but also I think I simultaneously identified in some way while also being repulsed. I just know there are scenes and descriptions in all three which I‘ll never forget. 😞 10mo
Leftcoastzen I agree 10mo
Reagan Bastard Out of Carolina 😢 I gave it away after I read it and then I was so mad because it‘s a book I need to own. I‘ve never read The Jungle 😬 (edited) 10mo
cathysaid @Reagan-reads I suggest The Jungle if you are starting a fasting diet or would like to lose twenty pounds within three days. It‘s my understanding that the formation of the USDA was heavily influenced by the novel. 10mo
BarbaraBB I haven‘t read any of them and now they sound appealing. What does that say about me 😳😉? I definitely think the age you read them is important. My most disturbing read I read in high school too. It is 10mo
cathysaid @BarbaraBB Ok that description sounds like it could seriously mess with the adolescent mind! And while I found the ones I mention disturbing, I still think they are worth the read. Just know I preface that suggestion with a myriad of trigger warnings = animal cruelty, graphic violence, molestation, rape, sexual assault...and those aren‘t all. 10mo
BarbaraBB The Jungle is on the list of #1001books so I‘ll get to that one sooner or later. Bastard has been on my mind for a while too! 10mo
mrp27 100% agree with your number 1 pick. It's mine as well. The only book I have physically thrown against the wall. 10mo
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ahngelahh
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Currently reading, after the cat finishes napping on my book.

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m.galehuxley
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My next read looks sad but very good.

TrishB I‘ve had this on the tbr for ages! 1y
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Jas16
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Post a book you love each day for 7 days, without review or comment, using the hashtag #7favesin7days in your post so we can keep it going.

Day 6

Suet624 This was a tough one. 2y
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lonelybluenights
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Now reading. #readingatwork

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Insightsintobooks
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So, I think I read this book in high school and it's on sale. It's also been banned in some places, and I'm a sucker for banned books, because I don't believe in banning them. I usually buy banned books if they go on sale, so, I did.

#kindledeal #bannedbook

benchley1 That book and movie are a freaking gut punch. 2y
TrishB I have this on my tbr for the same reason! Not got to it yet. 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That's a pretty intense book for high school. I had a hard time with it as an adult. I don't think I'll be watching the movie either. 2y
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tammysue 👍🏻 2y
Ubookquitous Great book - powerful and sadly, the type of book all too often banned. 😒 2y
Dragon I read this book not that long ago and I really enjoyed it. 2y
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OrangeMooseReads
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#bookhaul #getindie
I picked up Pegasus for Man Cub because he‘s interested in mythology at the moment and $4 isn‘t bad. If you have any suggestions beyond Rick Roardin for mythology books or series (it doesn‘t have to be Greek myth it can be any kind) I would welcome them.

Itchyfeetreader One of my friends daughters is into myths and I was sent the attached for Christmas gift ideas https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/best-mythology-books-for-kids-and-teens I went with the Alchemyst which she enjoyed (edited) 2y
OrangeMooseReads @Itchyfeetreader thank you. I will take a look at that. 👍🏼 2y
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Lcsmcat
Bastard Out LF Carolina | Dorothy Allison
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This time “Carolina” refers to SC, but sometimes it means NC. And @Ash.on.the.line it totally counts to have part of the state‘s name when it‘s a two part name. #stateinthetitle #readingresolutions @Jess7

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Donnasmiles So disturbing on so many levels... 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego This book is messed up, but a worthwhile read. 2y
Bookdragon69 The movie was good also. 2y
dragondrool I haven't read the book yet, but the movie was well done. 2y
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twohectobooks
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#nov📚📷 #emojinov Day 1: #📚🔜

The bottom three books in this stack are books in progress. If I can finish All the King‘s Men by the end of the month, I‘ll jump into one of the top two books. #tbr

Already looking forward to my massive holiday reading binge in December..

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twohectobooks
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Rearranged my #TBR shelf

Josie I love it! I've been thinking about laying some of my books horizontal. Just haven't had the energy to tackle the shelves 2y
twohectobooks @Josie I prefer to keep mine vertical but I needed to make some extra room! Need to get reading more of these ASAP. 2y
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josie281
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My sister borrowed this book and mailed it back along with my 10 yr old's iPod.
And he thought the book was for him 😮😐😁😂🙄🙃😮

Sace 😂 Dang it. 2y
Louise What does a 10 yr old need with a Bastard Out Of Carolina?! 😂😂😂 2y
Robothugs 😂😂😂 2y
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sisilia He is so adorable 😘 2y
josie281 @Louise it has the word "bastard" in the title therefore it's intriguing! ? 2y
EllieDottie 😂😂😂😂 2y
kristina_with_a_k I like how dismayed he seems that the book wasn't for him. 🤣🤣🤣 2y
ChasingOm I'm impressed by the "yes mam" in text! 2y
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OffTheBeatenShelf.com
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If you have trigger warnings, stay away from this book.

It's such a heartbreaking, challenging, but necessary story. It's one of those that you're glad it's told because it gives visibility to people who have experienced childhood rape and abuse, but you're sad that anyone should have to go through that. You're sad that story HAS to be told. It'll break your heart and shatter your soul, but it's such necessary read. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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This book is one big ol' trigger warning, but if that doesn't deter you, it's an insightful and devastating read.

cathysaid Hands down, the most infuriating and heartbreaking book I have ever read. 2y
Erinreadsthebooks Dorothy Allison is masterful. A professor assigned this book in one of my undergrad classes. Reading this catapulted me out of the safe bubble of my upbringing and forced me out of my naivety. Eye opening, enlightening, and so very sad. 2y
chapter_fifty2017 I found this such a hard book to read, it made me so angry , infuriated leaving me with unresolved rage , i can see thats wat you are left with not the characters very well written . 2y
Lindy 💜💔Best heartbreaker novel ever. 2y
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OffTheBeatenShelf.com

It's taking me FOREVER to read this because the abuse scenes are so real. This is absolutely a good book, but think twice if you have abuse triggers. 💜

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kyraleseberg
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Ruth Anne "Bone" Boatwright has a tough life and rowdy kin who fight hard but love harder. Mama has a string of heartbreaks that break her down so when Glenn comes along, it seems a gift. Bone and her sister are told to call Glenn "daddy" but young Bone knows what he says and does are things daddies don't do.
I found myself crying and raging over some intense scenes. Powerful, lyrical, compelling, and raw - I'll not forget this book any time soon.

Dragon Read this one last year, really enjoyed it 👍👍 2y
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JessicaThunstromNelson
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Time to start my re-read. It's been a long time (20+ years), so it'll *almost* be like the first time.

bitterbear I read this one about 20 years ago too.. This novel broke my heart. 2y
JessicaThunstromNelson @bitterbear I recall the same, plus parallels with my own life in a spot or two, but it's been so long, I've forgotten many of the details, now. 2y
bitterbear @JessicaThunstromNelson I'll never forget the end... 😔 2y
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Jana
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This is not an easy book to read. At all. It wasn't as violent or graphic as I had expected based on some descriptions, which was nice, but those scenes were incredibly difficult to get through especially once you remember how old Bone actually is (I kept thinking she was WAY older). There's some nonsense and parts I skimmed a bit but overall, it's a powerful story about choices, abuse, poverty, desperation, family, love, survival, and humanity.

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Jas16
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My newest #signedcopy. As I have posted about a million times I have loved this book since high school so being able to see her speak was incredible. #readingwomenmonth

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Jas16
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Dorothy Allison was amazing at the San Francisco Public Library today.

Moray_Reads Wow, that must have been amazing 💕 3y
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JessicaThunstromNelson
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I read this book when I was in high school, when it first came out, and I loved it beyond words, but I have not read it since, and have been wanting to. #soon

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PacingTheCage
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This was a really, really good book. So good, I want to read it again.

TrishB Have this on the tbr! 3y
PacingTheCage @TrishB I devoured this in 2 days (I had to work 9 hours yesterday or I am sure I could have finished it before bed last night). It was amazing IMO. 3y
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PacingTheCage
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Cleaning is done for the day. Now it's time to #readabook and #relax

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Jas16
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For the second time in less than a month I ordered a hard cover edition and received a paperback. I now have three paperback copies of the same book. Do I try again or give up?

Redwritinghood Ugh! That's frustrating. Can you contact them before buying and confirm it's hardcover? 3y
Jas16 @Redwritinghood Not a bad idea. I will try that if I try it again. Or I may spring for a first edition if they aren't insane 3y
LiteraryinLititz That's so annoying! 3y
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LiteraryinLititz You almost have enough to start a book club and only discuss that book. You can supply everyone with paperback copies. 😕 3y
Jas16 @LiteraryinLititz 😂 Now there's an idea! 3y
TrishB That's happened twice to me this month! Very annoying. Have this book on the tbr. 3y
LeahBergen 😠😠 3y
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Jas16
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San Francisco Littens- it looks like Dorothy Allison will be at the main library on June 3rd. This is one of my all time favorite books so I am planning to attend.

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Oryx
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One for you, one for me. My new book, hiding my first #summersantagoespostal book purchase underneath. I'm really looking forward to this book. I'm sorry to say I hadn't heard of the tagged book until Litsy, not sure how it passed me by, but I can't wait to read. #summersolsticebookexchange @BookishMarginalia

BookishMarginalia 👍🏼Enjoy! 3y
LeahBergen It's so good. 3y
andrew61 I've never heard of it but looks great so have added it -ta! 3y
bitterbear It will tear your heart out... 3y
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Brie
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#aprilbookshowers #ruralsetting Set in rural South Carolina. I have a weakness for books set in the rural South, Southern gothic, and the like.

Hobbinol Oh me too. I live it and love it, though I'll probably retire to a cooler, more progressive climate. 3y
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Jas16
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This is probably the book I have #mostrecommended in my life. It is one of my all time favorites and I am always running into people who have never heard of it. #aprilamazingreads

CoverToCoverGirl I'm among the never heard of this book before group, thanks for the recommendation 😃 3y
Jas16 @CoverToCoverGirl Hope you end up loving it too! 3y
Maggie0557 Wow! Haven't thought of this book in years; time for a reread 3y
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Loretta Great book. 3y
Suet624 Yes! A tough read though. 3y
Dragon Read this one and have to agree it's very worth reading! 3y
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Gayan
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My heart is broken. 💔I read this many years ago but I must have blocked out the last third of the book because it hit me like a sledge hammer. I think this book is important but man does it hurt.

Kalalalatja Awesome review! I have wanted to read this book for so long and your review just made it worse! 3y
bookishkris @Kalalalatja it really is a difficult, powerful read. You won't regret reading it. 3y
MrsV I agree it is a very difficult read, but the book is Really good! 3y
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Gayan @MrsV @bookishkris @Kalalalatja It is such an amazing read but I can't dress enough that you have to mentally be ready for the last third. Kalalalatja, read it, you won't be sorry. 3y
MrsV Yes @Gayan it is not a "light" read 3y
LindsayReads Oh man. Agreed. Except I might suffer from the reverse situation--I just remember the last third! 😭😭😭 3y
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Jas16
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Here is a short stack of some of my books that I #lovetorecommend. I had to stop myself it I would be late to work and the stack would reach the ceiling. #17booklove

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Jas16
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This is actually dessert and not my entire meal I swear. It is just a lot prettier than the uninspired salad I threw together tonight. This book is one of my all time favorites so here is #mealandbookilove #17booklove

howjessreads What is it‽ !! So curious! 😋 3y
Jas16 @jess.how an apple blossom 3y
CouronneDhiver Yummy! Those are the best. 🍰 3y
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Gayan
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These are the books I'm committed to for February. I also hope to for in some recommendations from @Josie but these three are a lock.

Josie I got you, boo! ❤ 3y
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Kathrin
Bastard Out LF Carolina | Dorothy Allison
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My first book by the author and I can't believe that I didn't hear about her sooner, especially since she grew up in the town I live and the story is placed there.

This is storytelling at its best. The writing is raw and authentic. It speaks about strong hardened women being weakened by circumstances. The reader meets Bones and really gets to know her... hopes and cries for her.

bookwrm526 I grew up in a small near where the book is set and I have it on my shelf but haven't gotten around to it yet. 3y
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Kathrin
Bastard Out LF Carolina | Dorothy Allison
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#Allisnotlost

This selection might not be as upbeat as I need right now, but it is still a good book so far.

bitterbear Have you read it before? 3y
Kathrin @bitterbear No, I haven't. I just stumbled over it, because I was looking for a book that is situated less than 100 miles from me for a reading challenge. It takes place in Greenville County SC and I live there. 3y
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prowlix
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Both on my TBR for the next year and #dressesoncover options for 2017! #JanuaryReads

TheNextBook That cover of Kindred! I love it. I still need to read Bastard Out Of Carolina. 3y
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Moray_Reads
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As December is my season of rereading the books I most love are the ones I've read a thousand times but out of the new ones these are the ones that spring to mind for #BestofDecember. #SeasonsReadings

Lakesidemusing The Common Reader was wonderful!! 3y
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megnews
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I am joining @BookishMarginalia 's #LitsyAtoZ 2017 #readingchallenge. Above is my #authortrack. I substituted 4 letters with titles instead and I think I'm opting out of the letter X. I'm going to attempt to complete the #titletrack as well. Will post soon. I've already put some books on hold with the library. Can't wait to get started.

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Moray_Reads
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"Family is family, but even love can't keep people from eating at each other." Oh my heart. What a terrible, beautiful, important book. In the afterword Dorothy Allison says that the book being banned in schools in Maine and California broke her heart and it should break ours. Thanks @cathysaid for posting and bringing it to my attention (even if I feel like I'll never get over it!)

#blameitonlitsy

vivastory This is on my TBR. Looks like I might be moving it up. 3y
Moray_Reads @vivastory It is so tough but so will done. I'd never heard of it before joining here, Litsy does it again! 3y
cathysaid Glad you enjoyed! Though enjoyed might not be the best term. But she really does capture the hardness and beauty of the rural south. That story, though. It's tough one. I'll never forget it. 3y
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Moray_Reads @cathysaid I loved how there were no easy answers with any of the characters. They were believable and flawed and funny and lovable and detestable. This one will stay with me. 3y
Jas16 This is one of my all time favorites. 3y
ApoptyGina69 Amazing story. I loved this book! Difficult subject. 👍 3y
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NoWeepingAngel
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One of the many truths in this book. Love Dorothy Allison's voice.

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NoWeepingAngel
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This has been on my TBR shelf for about a year now. I'm excited to finally get around to it.

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LindsayReads
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Oh Bone. My heart will always break for you.

This is the book that comes to mind first whenever I hear the term "child protagonist." #photoadaynov16 #childprotagonist

Moray_Reads I've never heard of this one but it sounds brilliant. I've just reserved it at my library 3y
LindsayReads @Moray_Reads It is a tough, tough read, but so good. 3y
vivastory This is on my TBR pile. 3y
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MotherOfGriffins
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This is one of the most inspiring, accurate, and heartbreaking books I've ever read. I live in the mountains of NC, and I can say from experience that sexual abuse is handled just as badly as it was in this book. This is an intense read, but somehow, I think it gave me some measure of peace. This book has found its way into my heart, and I don't feel quite so alone anymore. Thank you, Dorothy Allison.