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The Other Wes Moore
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates | Wes Moore
BONUS: This edition contains a new afterword and a The Other Wes Moore discussion guide. The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his. Two kids named Wes Moore were born blocks apart within a year of each other. Both grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods; both hung out on street corners with their crews; both ran into trouble with the police. How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence? Wes Moore, the author of this fascinating book, sets out to answer this profound question. In alternating narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world.
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JenReadsAlot
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Well written book on how 2 men with the same name in the same neighborhood lead different lives.
#nfnov
@Clwojick @rsteve388

rsteve388 6 pts 3w
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JenReadsAlot
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My first pick for #NFnov
Had this one for ages!
@Clwojick @rsteve388

rsteve388 Exciting Start! 1 pt 3w
Clwojick Oh, I liked this one. 3w
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Well-ReadNeck
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Pickpick

A good memoir about two men who share a name and similarities in their upbringing and the very different results. #audiobook

marleed Oh I just watched the other Wes Moore in an Oprah morning interview. He‘s an impressive man. 3w
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saltwaterlit
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Next up in audiobook land! I‘m desperate for more time to read actual books with my eyes but I‘m busy so at least I have time for audiobooks! The problem is I only really like non-fiction audiobooks. So I‘ve been reading a lot of non-fiction but I miss novels so much. This week my goal is to put down my phone before bed and try to read a novel instead. I‘ll keep you posted on that 😬

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WriterAtHeart
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"The Other Wes Moore" is about 2 men who grew up in the same neighborhood, with the same name, even though the 2 boys never met. The book follows how both of their lives took 2 very different paths and how the author could have ended up in the same place. Engaging read and one I highly reccommend!

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keithmalek
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lele1432 So sad. I've been putting off reading this one for years! 8mo
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keithmalek

The words of the author Samuel Beckett summarize the central message of this text: "Try again. Fail again. Fail better." In fact, I believe that this describes the ebb and flow of life itself--try again, fail again, fail better. Failing doesn't make us a failure. But not trying to do better, to be better, does make us fools.

--Tavis Smiley, in the afterword

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keithmalek
Mehso-so

The writing is VERY good. However, the stories in this book are neither unique or surprising, and while exploring the question of why the other Wes Moore is in prison, the author disappointingly seems too ashamed to point out what is glaringly obvious: he's in prison due to laziness.

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Serena5
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Loved this book. The writing was good, but the story itself wouldn‘t let go.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 10mo
CoffeeNBooks Great book! I'm teaching this in my English classes right now- my students always like this book! 10mo
CoffeeNBooks And welcome to Litsy! 📚😊 10mo
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Leftcoastzen Welcome to Litsy! 10mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌷 9mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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"The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his. " -Wes Moore

We started reading this in my English classes today. My students always really like this sad but thought-provoking book. It's the true story of two young men named Wes Moore, who grew up at the same time and in the same city in the 90s. They don't know eachother until they've taken very different paths in life.

Ejensen86 I just finished this a month ago - what a good and thought provoking read! 10mo
Cortg We read this for book club last year. Loved it! 10mo
sarahbarnes I love that you teach this book! He spoke at my org‘s event a few years ago and was amazing. Such a great book! 10mo
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Jbakesmcgee3
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Reading in urgent care, bae cut his finger on broken glass 😑

BookishMarginalia Ouch! Hope all is ok! 11mo
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tjwill
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I got these two very different memoirs from Audible‘s 2-for-1 sale. Both are read by the author, which I love for memoirs.

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squirrelbrain
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Pickpick

A tale of two people with the same name who started life in a similar way but ended up in very different places. Although the blurb says that the author tries to explain how this happened, I don‘t think he did, or certainly not in a ‘preachy‘ way. He leaves the reader to their own conclusions but, goodness me, you want to shout at some of the decisions made and pathways followed by the ‘other‘ Wes Moore and his friends and family. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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alijzaidi
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Pickpick

Great book really get to see how a persons situation growing up can have so much affect on them throughout their life. It also shows a lot about the difference we place on education depending on a persons economic standings.

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GoldenGirl

June was a slow reading month for me. Between work (it was county fair time) and just not reading anything that captured my attention, I didnt get very far in my reading.

Still reading book 4 of GoT and the 1st book of The Gunslinger. Started reading The Other Wes Moore and The Man From the Train. Both are really good and have brought me out of my slump.

Here's to a better July! #readharder

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CoffeeNBooks
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This book is amazing! It's very engaging, my students always really like it, and it leads to a tremendous amount of discussion. It's about two young men, both named Wes Moore, who grew up in the same community but didn't know each other. One became a Rhodes Scholar, the other ended up in prison for murder. The book starts by telling the reader this information, then proceeds to explain how it happened.
@TheFunkyBookworm #YAWednesday #nonfiction

Prairiegirl_reading Sounds fascinating. 1y
TheFunkyBookworm Oh this sounds like a MUST READ! 1y
CoffeeNBooks @TheFunkyBookworm My Principal and Assistant Principal both read it as soon as it arrived after they ordered it for my classes, and finished reading it within a matter of days. My AP always comes in and talks to my classes about life circumstances, choices, responsibilities, and consequences while we're reading this. It's such a powerful and engaging book!! I read it several years ago, and knew I had to include it in my curriculum! 1y
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CrowCAH My older sister recently read this with her book club. She wasn‘t thrilled with it. 1y
CoffeeNBooks @CrowCAH Really? Why not? 1y
CrowCAH @CoffeeNBooks I think it “just wasn‘t for her”, didn‘t grab her. 1y
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Cortg
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This is our next book club book and it will make a great discussion! I decided to listen to it on audio and I thought it was fantastic! Two men with the same name, born in the same city with two VERY different outcomes in life. Moore narrates the book and he was great; sounded more like a telling than a reading. I also enjoyed hearing about places I‘m familiar with living in the Baltimore burbs.

Samplergal I enjoyed it as well. It‘s always fun to read about “home”. 2y
Cortg @Samplergal The litsy love is low for this but I thought it was great! 2y
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Tamra
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Mehso-so

Two AA boys, same name, generation, & urban challenges, but their adult lives take divergent paths. The ultimate question is why. I won‘t give it away, but I will say Wes isn‘t certain, though he has some ideas. Ultimately I think this would have been better as a less detailed essay because it‘s predictable and I can‘t recommend his narration. There are some startling stats, facts, and events that give the reader pause for thought.

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Cconnolly
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Instead of walking on my lunch break, I walked at Goodwill! Got a couple of hardcover Nicholas Sparks for my daughter. The rest will have to go on my TBR list!

gracemom I‘ve heard such good things about The Other Wes Moore! 2y
Becker Read and really enjoyed Prince of Tides. Happy reading 📖 2y
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Jess7
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🛑 Kindle Deal Alert 🛑 #TheOtherWesMoore is only $2.99! This book was recommended at our #CincinnatiLitsyMeetUp yesterday and I can‘t wait to read it. It tells the story of “two kids named Wes Moore, born blocks apart within a year of each other. Both grew up fatherless and had difficult childhoods... So how did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar... while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence?” #TBR #KindleDeal

Tamra Thanks for posting! 2y
Jess7 You‘re welcome! @Tamra - if you read it - definitely let me know your thoughts 💙 2y
Tamra @Jess7 I found the audio on Overdrive and put a hold on it. 😊 2y
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Jess7 Great @Tamra I can‘t remember which of my fellow Cincinnatians recommended it yesterday, but I know @Chelleo recently read it and liked it a lot. (edited) 2y
4thhouseontheleft This is a really great book! 2y
Tamra Yay, I‘m excited about it! 2y
Pamwurtzler Thanks, I‘ll have to grab that one! 2y
LeshaMac Thanks @Jess7 ! 2y
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Chelleo
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This was my school‘s common read a few years back but I‘m just getting around to reading it. Very interesting take of how two men with the same name ending up on two very different life paths. This is something that I think about often. I didn‘t come from much but was fortunate enough to stay out of trouble and harm‘s way. Many friends weren‘t so lucky. I‘ll never know how much was luck, destiny, hard work, or the stars aligning.

amvs1111 Enjoyed reading this during my year living in Baltimore 2y
Cortg Yay! This is my book club book for April so I‘ll be reading it next month. It sounds intriguing.! 2y
Eggs I know that strong mother figures play a huge role, but it's still a complex dynamic of why one became successful and one chose a life of crime 2y
ptkpepe98 If you ever get a chance to hear him, go. He is really inspiring and has a great sense of purpose. 2y
minkyb Thank you for bringing this to my attention! 2y
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Chelleo
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Latest #audiobook hold came in today. This our college‘s campus read a few years back but I‘m just getting to it. Off to a great start. Shame on me for waiting so long to read it.

MoniqueReads305 I read this a couple of years ago. I really enjoyed it. 2y
Chelleo @MoniqueReads305 Good to hear! 2y
tapgurl Assigned reading in the school where I work:) 2y
Eggs Just finished it yesterday, so good 2y
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Eggs
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Pickpick

"The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his."

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DHill
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#riotgrams Day 10. Book and a beverage. Enjoying some cocoa this cold and snowy evening.

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DHill
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1. Hope my fur babies help you feel a little better @TricksyTails Yeta on the left, Bella on the right sending cuddles your way.
2. iPhone
3. No nuts
4. Tagged book-two boys with the same name born a year apart, and living a few blocks apart, grow up to lead very different lives. Not far enough in to not recommend but the writing style has made for a slow start.
5. Basketball
#LetsMakeTricksySmile #tricksytails #humpdaypost

TricksyTails EEEEEEEE! Yeta and Bella are so adorable!! 😍🐶🐶 Thank you for sharing their photos and brightening my day!! 🤗 2y
DHill I‘m so happy they helped. Hope your days have been better. 😊 2y
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DHill
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DHill
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Starting this now. I‘ve had it on my TBR for a long time.

JenReadsAlot Me too! 2y
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Kathrin
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Mehso-so

This might sound odd, but the book reminds me of Hillbilly Elegy and I am similarly underwhelmed. The author has an interesting life story, but I don‘t think that these two man had much in common beyond their shared name, therefore trying to compare the two life‘s outcome as random doesn‘t make sense to me.

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auntie_jenn
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what a thrill to host Wes Moore as our Common Read author for the UMass Amherst class of 2022.

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Wife
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Mehso-so

I heard a radio bit on this book years ago. I finally read it and am underwhelmed. The true story of two boys from same neighborhood and with same name... one incredibly successful and one serving a life sentence. The author had the advantages of a supportive mother/grandparents and military school...so really, less in common than the book synopsis indicated. My first pull from my TBR jar 🙂 #LitsyAtoZ

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moraghastie_author
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PacingTheCage
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Pickpick

Wow! Great book.

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goodbyefrancie
Mehso-so

I was really looking forward to this book, and it's been on my TBR for a long time. I think I'm on the fence with it. Parts of it came off, to me, as a big pat on the back for the author. I think an opportunity was missed. I'm a 'root cause' person...what is the reason and what can we do, even in small ways, to help change it? I didn't see any of that. I'm honestly not sure what I hoped to get out of It, but it didn't happen. Just so/so.

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goodbyefrancie
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Multitasking at work on a Saturday.

RiotMom This has been on my TBR for awhile now and I almost picked up a print copy the other day. How are you liking it? 2y
goodbyefrancie @RiotMom I just got started, but I like it so far. I've had the print copy for a while, too. I thought this might be a good way to get it done. 2y
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lauralovesbooks1
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2 boys with the same name, born blocks apart, both with no father in their lives, both have trouble with the police. One ends up a Rhodes Scholar, the other serves a life sentence for his part in a robbery that killed a police officer. Compelling read that explores the choices and decisions of both boys and their mothers and the impact this had on the trajectory of their life. Should be required reading for all Jr high kids. Powerful.

BB1958 Great review makes me want to read it-and soon-- and I shall. Thanks 2y
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lauralovesbooks1
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"even the worst decisions we make don't necessarily remove us from the circle of humanity."

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Zelma
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More audiobook options for my road trip. Woot, I can't wait! 😁

RealBooks4ever Jenny Lawson is SO funny! 💜💜💜 2y
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Glessing
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The first few pages of The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore are gripping. Two men named Wes Moore grew up in similar neighborhoods in Baltimore. We are immediately told of their current status: One is a successful scholar and the other sits in jail. Reading the beginning of the book as it recounted the early years of both men, I couldn‘t help but think of kids I know and how decisions made at a young age can impact someone‘s entire life.

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Wife
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So I've never made a monthly TBR. Lately I have been taking out too many library books and feeling pressured to meet their due dates. I'm putting myself on a library diet for the month of March 🍀. My own unread stacks will be my TBR. I did pick up this book at my library sale for 25 cents (on 2/28). I couldn't resist 🙄. I will continue to borrow audiobooks for my drive to work.

Cinfhen Haha "library diet" 3y
Suet624 A library diet. I have wanted to do that for a year. I can't seem to though. Apparently it's an obsession of mine a) to go and b) to grab. I should try selecting a month not to go and see how that works. But not yet. 3y
LittlePixels I'm feeling the same thing atm! I promised myself after I finish the current pile, no more library books for a while. Of course, I still need to go there for homeschooling books and books for the kiddo, so I can guess how well my promise will go... 😒🙄 3y
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donnalyy
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Listened to Wes Moore speak at the School Counselor Leadership Network Conference in Riverside, CA today. His keynote was captivating, inspiring, and challenging. Excited to read his books.

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Kpiper
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I've only read the first chapter, and already I am enthralled. This is the first paragraph of the introduction. It really sets the stage.

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BookishMarginalia
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This thoughtful and accessible book is part cautionary tale, part memoir, part sociological case study. Author Wes Moore recounts his story of growing up poor, black, and male in Baltimore, and juxtaposes it with the story of the other Wes Moore, another young, black Baltimore boy with a similar background and age but whose choices --and their consequences-- diverged widely from the author's. Well worth the listen! #diversereads #BlackLivesMatter

LauraBeth Sounds interesting! 3y
sammisho Its been driving me crazy...how did you get the audiobook sticker, and the bookworm, and the TBR...I can't figure it out! I have an Android 3y
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BookishMarginalia @sammisho It's the sticker pack in the photo editing suite of the iOS Litsy app. I don't know if the android version has it. 3y
Cortg This looks great and loving outside Baltimore, very intriguing. 3y
ptkpepe98 And if you can ever afford him as a speaker, pay it! He is AWESOME!!!! 3y
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BookishMarginalia
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Currently subbing for absent math teacher. Will sneak in some reading (I was intending to do lesson plans, but those books are in my classroom 🤷🏻‍♀️)

AnnieReads Hee hee! Interesting that you happen to have a book on hand to read while your lesson plans did not make the journey with you. 3y
R.Lyn-Romance-Reads What's your secret in keeping the kiddos quiet and focused? My kiddos were super energetic this morning. Thank goodness for double special day!! 3y
Reviewsbylola Teachers are heroes! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 3y
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Laura317 I love days like that where one can sneak in some unexpected reading time. 3y
BookishMarginalia @Silent_Whispers No secret really -- the kids are usually well-behaved, the groups relatively small, and the teacher leaves plenty of work to keep them busy! 3y
BookishMarginalia @AnnieReads Isn't it? 🤷🏻‍♀️ -- @Reviewsbylola we certainly try our best! -- @laura317 Me too! 👍🏼 3y
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BookishMarginalia
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#audiocoloring during hour 18 of #24in48. This marks the end of my readathon, as I have work tomorrow. Good night, Littens!

Gissy How is this book? 🤔 3y
DianeC I liked that book. Spoke to my Teacher's heart ❤️ 3y
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Susanita
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Interesting book about two men with the same name but very different life stories. #titlewithapropername #readjanuary @RealLifeReading

RealLifeReading That does sound interesting! 3y
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Aseleener
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Snagged these two today: $1.99 for Kindle. I want to read more #nonfiction in 2017, so I'm happy to add to my collection. #onsale #nonfictionnovember

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TheBookHippie
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Pickpick

Good so far.

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