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The Killers of the Flower Moon
The Killers of the Flower Moon | David Grann
From the bestselling author of The Lost City of Z, soon to be a major film starring Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller and Robert Pattison, comes a true-life murder story which became one of the newly-created FBI's first major homicide investigations. In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And this was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances, and many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization's first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled it. In desperation, its young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. Together with the Osage he and his undercover team began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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It is a holiday here in the states, and I almost missed #tbt but it is still only 10 pm here on the west coast, so my We Don't Talk About This Book Enough is
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

This book is amazing, and hard. Tells the story from the from the side of the victims and of the law enforcement. Grann was too easy & much too complimentary of the FBI.. But he did do well showing the disparity between the justice a Native person.

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Blueberry
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Currently reading. I have a good history with David Grann books so I expect to like this.

EvieBee I put off reading this because so many people told me I‘d love it. Years later when I finally did read it on my own terms, I agreed! It was fantastic! 5d
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TheRiehlDeal
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Mehso-so

Such a sad and maddening point in American history as 60+ wealthy Native Americans were murdered for the fact that they were producing oil on their land.

The audiobook was a little slow and hard to follow at times. But nonetheless, it was an important listen as this is not taught in history classes, as far as I‘m concerned.

3.5 ⭐️
11/9/22

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jackilynn
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Well that was a fun little email Amazon. It's not anywhere close to the amount of audiobooks I have actually listened to so far this year (just the ones I actually paid for vs library app) but it is obvious what I mostly use it for (*cough* true crime book club *cough).

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Maria514626
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Pickpick

Good god. Was I surprised about how bungled murder investigations were when it came to Native Americans? No. And yes. (Is it possible to be both at the same time? I was.)

Do read this. But if you‘re feeling low about the state of the world, wait a bit. It‘s an important read but it won‘t make you feel great.

AvidReader25 I felt the same about this one! 1mo
AvidReader25 I felt the same way about this one! 1mo
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Maria514626
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This is a tough read. It‘s stunning—not in a good way—and maddening. It‘s getting a little slow with the manhunt. The perpetrator is certainly a man (it‘s the 1920s so “man” hunt isn‘t really a spoiler).

61% through the book and I have 4 days to finish before book club. 😩 It draws me in, but it‘s too provoking to binge.

Oh, woe is me. 🎻 😊

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AllDebooks
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#OutstandingOctober #Readathon

Another awesome marathon readathon hosted by @Andrew65

Goals

Finish the tagged book and 2 more at keast. Not decided which yet. Something from my challenge lists. All points for #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick

Clwojick Great goals! 1mo
Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck. 😁 1mo
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jen_hayes7
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Gosh, this book. It is so good and also devastating. I appreciate it opening my eyes to history I never learned in school. If you haven‘t read it, I highly recommend it. #ominousoctober #moon

tpixie Thank you! What a counkydink! Just yesterday I was trying to think of the name of this book!!! 2mo
Eggs Good recommendation! 2mo
jen_hayes7 @tpixie Oh my gosh, what wonderful timing!! 2mo
tpixie @jen_hayes7 yes! It‘s time for one of my favorite words: Serendipity! 😂 2mo
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julieclair
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Smrloomis I loved this book so much! 2mo
julieclair @Smrloomis I really think I need to move it closer to the top of my TBR list. 2mo
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GatheringBooks
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Eggs Brilliant ❣️ 3mo
Blueberry It's on my shelf waiting for me. 3mo
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JennF13
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I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written book, this is a piece of American history that should be more widely known (hopefully it will soon since it‘s being made into a movie). The fact that such deception, racism and corruption was not only permitted but accepted is shocking and utterly disgusting. I guess I can understand why some people would like to bury this part of history but it really needs to be told.

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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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Mehso-so

An interesting, tragic addition to the pitiable story of the plight of the Native Americans. In this chapter, groups of people formed horrific, cold-blooded plans to defraud Osage Indians (having acquired a great deal of money through oil drilling) of their wealth that included fraudulent marriages, poison, and murder. Some of these schemes took years to mature. Ultimately, though, the story that could have been told fully in a long article.

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perfectsinner
Mehso-so

I had a hard time with this. It's drily written and there are so many people and names it's nearly impossible to keep track of who's who. One thing that is for certain is that it was a terrible crime against the Osage people who were murdered over their headrights and there was never any justice for them in the end. Another case of the white man screwing over the red man.

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jrepka
Mehso-so

Interesting book but a little slow. Definitely learned a lot about the Osage tribe and how the government was ran back then. Very sad to hear about this part of American history, but good to know what happened.

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Creadnorthey
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Mehso-so

Really good book, not fantastic, but if you like conspiracies and true crime this is for you! This could have delved deeper into native relations at the time, so the whole thing unfolds as a white savior story- saving the indigenous from not only the “baddies” but also themselves- enter the fledgling FBI. The real culprit here is the guardian system imposed on the Osage by the US fed.

LoverOfLearning Oh great review!! Definitely agree! But also wow the writing in this book was fantastic! I couldn't put it down! 10mo
Creadnorthey Thank you #LoverOfLearning for the koodos 😁 9mo
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staci.reads
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I love books that bring to light stories of our past that should be common knowledge, but aren't. The Osage Reign of Terror is one of many chapters in history that has been omitted from our history classes and textbooks, no doubt as a result of Native Americans being the victims of the murders. It's a horrific tale of greed and hegemony at its worst. Excellent book! This was my December #Doublespin. @TheAromaofBooks

RebL This is a pick—agreed. 11mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 11mo
Liz_M If you like mysteries, a good companion to this book is the tagged one. 11mo
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peaches424
Pickpick

This is the most engaging and inspired history book I‘ve ever had the privilege of reading. I couldn‘t put it down. The story he documents is incredibly heartbreaking and an important sequence of events we should all be more aware of. Highly recommend!

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this_teacher_reads
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Top books: 2021 edition

Suet624 Kesey ❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
AmyG Great books. I loved Middlesex so much. 11mo
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MelKelsey
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Bailedbailed

DNF

Read 66 pages. Fascinating story that reads like a news article/research paper. I get the idea and don't want to read it.

Becker I felt the same. Fascinating story but I got bogged down with the the enormous amount of detail which eventually killed my interest. 12mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 I started with hardcopy, then went to audio. and then the book flew. Very good listen! (edited) 12mo
MelKelsey @Becker glad to know I'm not alone! 12mo
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MelKelsey @JanuarieTimewalker13 maybe audiobook is the way to go! Thanks for the suggestion! 12mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 It worked for me!!! It‘s been a while, but I think that book was an important read/listen. 12mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 I find I do much better with nonfiction on audio. I‘m currently listening to Becoming Bulletproof by a former USSS agent. (edited) 12mo
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KatieDid927
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Pickpick

Yes, the story of the Osage murders a century ago is enraging. It‘s also not remotely surprising. It‘s so important to keep sharing these buried stories of our ugly and violent history. This is definitely essential reading. Martin Scorsese is currently filming a movie based on the book, and Lisa Ling has an hour special on the Osage murders this Sunday night on CNN. #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #NonfictionNovember

Reagan Ooh Brendan Fraser is in the movie. I am so excited. 12mo
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WriterAtHeart
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Pickpick

This lovely novel was about the Osage Indian murders known as the Reign of Terror and the formation of the FBI. There was so much information, but I am definitely going to do a little more research on my own. Especially yo learn more about the Osage people.

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Elias1
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Pickpick

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Dallin
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Pickpick

I love history so this book was amazing. Definitely read it if you are going to watch the upcoming film.

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DieAReader
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CoverToCoverGirl A very good read but so sad. 14mo
DieAReader A highly recommended read for sure! I still feel the burning outrage (a serious under-exaggeration) over everything that was done to them & against them. As a human race, we are responsible for innumerable atrocities. It is so very soul crushing. 14mo
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SamAnne
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Wow! Martin Scorsese is directing a Killers of the Flower Moon movie. Starring Robert De Niro, Jesse Plemons, Leonardo Di Caprio. I will watch. https://www.indiewire.com/gallery/killers-of-the-flower-moon-release-date-cast-d...

BeckyWithTheGoodBooks Whoa!! I will watch this too! 1y
Cortg I‘m super excited for this! 1y
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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Pickpick

A sobering look at the depths of white greed and callousness while living with the Osage in the 1920s. The far-reaching conspiracy to rob the Osage of their oil headrights through systematic murder is one of the most sinister things you‘ve never heard of. Grann‘s extensive investigation lays bare the hard truth of America‘s long held prejudice against the indigenous and provides a sharp look at the early days of the historically esteemed FBI. 4⭐️

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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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My #bookspinbingo card for August! I feel good about the chances of getting a bingo this month! 🤞🏻My #bookspin book is “Killers of the Flower Moon” and my #doublespin is “We Were the Lucky Ones.” ❤️

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks great!! 1y
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SLSbooks
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Pickpick

Compelling true story of how greed destroyed an entire community and how those who write the history books for this country never paint the correct picture of how this nation was built. We have much to make right in this world.

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Chittavrtti
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June reads read.

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Chittavrtti
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EmMcKee
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Pickpick

Excellently researched and written. On a level with In Cold Blood.

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Ericalambbrown
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Pickpick

I had to stop reading this book before bed because it filled me with rage at every turn. That being said, I wish this book was a “household name.” Every American should know this story. I sincerely hope Scorsese does the adaptation justice and adequately conveys just how abysmal the treatment was of the Osage community in the early 1920‘s. The story centers around the murders but there was sooooo much else wrong. It‘s shameful & infuriating.

EKonrad 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 1y
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Susanita
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Thanks to everyone who has helped me fill in the map, not just today but also over the past several months. Green means I‘ve identified a book and just need to get it done. Gold means TBR from my shelves. Blue means READ 🤦🏻‍♀️

The verdict for Oklahoma is the tagged book, mostly for availability reasons but also because I‘ve heard only good things about it. Technically, it‘s true crime, not mystery, but my challenge means my rules! ⬇️

marleed Oh yeah! I think it definitely adheres to your rules! 2y
Susanita My rules means I‘m including DC and Puerto Rico. #52mysteries 2y
Susanita @EadieB Thanks! I‘ll tuck that away in case I need a replacement for any of the green states. 2y
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BookMaven9
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Mehso-so

I gave this 3 stars not for content but for writing. This is an incredibly important story and am looking forward to the film. However the writing was terrible, all over the place and difficult to follow and know all the people involved. But would definitely read and then explore to learn more about the terrible crimes these people committed against our Native American people.

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K.Wielechowski
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Pickpick

So good & infuriating & sad!
The Osage tribe, displaced by the US government, bought their own land in OK, saving them from some of the restrictions the gov. placed on other tribes. Until oil is found under their land. The Osage were multimillionaires overnight but whites didn‘t think they could control that much money so guardians were assigned to “help”. When Osage tribe members start dying for their money, the FBI joins the investigation.

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K.Wielechowski
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“They [the jury] have to decide if a white man killing an Osage is murder or just cruelty to animals.”

And then my head exploded. 🤬🤬

Nebklvr People are dreadful creatures 2y
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K.Wielechowski
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At the part where the government is telling the Osage how they can and can‘t spend their money, treating them like children and/or less than human. 🤬🤬

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JeanaRae
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Currently listening to this story. Being from Oklahoma, this hits home! Inam having to listen at about 1.25 speed though. Narration is a little slow.

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LoverOfLearning
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Pickpick

One of the best true crime books I have ever read. I mean the writing, the attention to detail, and the vast amount of information was fantastic. It kept me wanting to read. I was hooked. This book describes the Osage County murders, conspiracies, and cover ups throughout the beginning of the 20th century.

A definite must-read for any true crime fan. So so well done. David Grann gave this story and these victims a sense of justice.

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LoverOfLearning
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This book is so so good.

This quote and the fact that it made it into the final print makes me smile. The writing is phenomenal. The details, the background of every character, and these simple little moments in history documented make this book outstanding.

Also his name: Chief Bacon Rind. Just amazing. It's easy to forget that this is a true story.

This will be a 5/5.

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LoverOfLearning
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The killing - which the Washington Post called "the most brutal in crime annals in the district"- appeared to be more than simply a murder. It had the hallmarks of a message, a warning. In the headline, the Post noted as what seemed to be increasing clear: Conspiracy Believed To Kill Rich Indians.

Okay this book is insane. Like WOW. The details are everything. I'm so enthralled with this true-crime story. I know this will be a 5/5 read.

Scochrane26 It‘s not my usual genre but definitely a favorite. 2y
LoverOfLearning @Scochrane26 nice! This is pretty often my favorite genre. 😁 2y
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LoverOfLearning
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So happy! This is my first pick from my new TBR jar! One of the newest and most anticipated books in my collection. How perfect.

I am very excited to get into this one. And I was even more excited to learn that there are real photos included as well.

Who has read this one?

mdm139 I loved it and Leonardo DiCaprio is making it a movie 2y
LoverOfLearning @mdm139 it will be phenomenal I bet and I haven't even read the book yet. Ha. 2y
Scochrane26 I loved this book. 2y
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Smrloomis Loved it too! 😄 2y
SamAnne A good read. 2y
Reviewsbylola It is SO GOOD! 2y
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#April #Roundup

Not my best reading month, but defiantly some very important reads.
They Called Us Enemy and Killers of the Flower Moon are essential reads for Americans. I love everything Baldwin, even if this was not my favorite - probably because I couldn't remember if I read Native Son or not. Katie Mack is pure awesome, her book was interesting and fun. Everything else was sort of meh...

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Lauren890
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 It‘s incredible but also incredibly sad that this story is true. This is a well written narrative nonfiction about the many murders of the Osage in Oklahoma in the 1920s and the federal investigation. Much of it I found fascinating. It slowed down in the third and final section but I appreciate the author bringing home the relevance of the story to the present day. I recommend this!

LoverOfLearning I agree the ending wasnt as captivating but definitely wrapped everything together well! And the I think the ending really gave a sense of justice to the families of the victims who were left wondering what happened. Overall excellent true crime read. 2y
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candc320
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Pickpick

This was a really good audiobook. The three narrators were all good (especially the 1st two) and the story is such an important one. I would like to say that I‘m amazed and shocked by the treatment of these Native American people but sadly I can‘t....it‘s horrific how they‘ve been treated. A quick and informative listen. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

LoverOfLearning I have this next to my bed on my soon to be read pile! 2y
candc320 @LoverOfLearning I hope you enjoy it! 2y
LoverOfLearning Update! I really enjoyed this read! Heart-wrenching but highly informative and a part of history that I'm glad was recovered and brought to light. 2y
candc320 @LoverOfLearning yes, perfectly put! I‘m so glad you enjoyed it! 2y
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Listened on audio.
Well laid out book. Telling the story from the POV of the victims and of the law enforcement. I think Grann was a bit too easy, and much too complimentary of the FBI even when pointing out their flaws. But he did do as well as a white man could with showing the disparity between the justice a Native could get.
Overall a tragic and interesting read - much better than Lost City of Z.

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BoleyBooks
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Tackle the TBR 🤓📚 #boleybooks #killersoftheflowermoon #davidgrann #bookbeast #bookjoy #Litsy #readwithme
What are you reading? 😊

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Finally reading this. I've heard of it in passing for years so it'll be nice to understand what people were talking about

TheNerdyProfessor I thought this was a great but sad book. 2y
SassenachTheBookWizard @TheNerdyProfessor tis the problem with consuming true crime, eh? 2y
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