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The White Boy Shuffle
The White Boy Shuffle: A Novel | Paul Beatty
10 posts | 9 read | 1 reading | 15 to read
Paul Beatty's hilarious and scathing debut novel is about Gunnar Kaufman, an awkward, black surfer bum who is moved by his mother from Santa Monica to urban West Los Angeles. There, he begins to undergo a startling transformation from neighborhood outcast to basketball superstar, and eventually to reluctant messiah of a "divided, downtrodden people."
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Emilymdxn
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This just became one of my most prized books - Paul Beatty was the nicest, most approachable author I‘ve ever got a signed book from. He asked me about how I‘m finding looking for a new job and genuinely sounded like he wanted to know. Excuse me while I buy his complete works for everyone I‘ve ever met.

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panoramix
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By far the best book I read in February.

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JamieArc
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This did not disappoint! It's going to stay in my head a long time, like The Sellout did. The beginning was slow, and almost made me put it down. But I'm glad I didn't, because then I was stuck, wondering what crazy thing was going to happen next. Beatty makes me blush, laugh, cringe, and think. I can't wait to read more from him.

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JamieArc
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Published 2006. Relevant as ever in 2017.

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JamieArc
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Next to read, and hopefully finish, before next weekend's readathon. I remember reading The Sellout feeling like I had gotten my hands on something I wasn't supposed to be reading. Hoping this one's just as good...

2BR02B This was recently recommended to me. I'll look forward to your thoughts on it. 2y
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#septembowie #day4 - #letsdance

Think I wound up liking this one even more than The Sellout; the story's a bit more loose, so you get a greater focus on character over plot/concept. Not to say that the plot elements don't land, which they absolutely do.

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AMVP
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#catchingup on #anditsaugust day #29 - #firstlineofcurrentread

Really enjoyed The Sellout last year, and while my reading of this one has been a bit less propulsive, I can't blame the quality of the writing.

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AMVP
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#junetunz day 30 - #americankids

One I finish the Gombrowicz I'm halfway through, I'm gonna get back to reading this one.

Unrelated, the hammer was a gift from my Dad for when we get to work repairing the porch this summer.

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rosianna
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Great read, wickedly funny. Felt like a companion to one of my absolute favourites: Oreo by Fran Ross.

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