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Half-Blood Blues
Half-Blood Blues: A Novel | Esi Edugyan
Winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize Man Booker Prize Finalist 2011 An Oprah Magazine Best Book of the Year Shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction Berlin, 1939. The Hot Time Swingers, a popular jazz band, has been forbidden to play by the Nazis. Their young trumpet-player Hieronymus Falk, declared a musical genius by none other than Louis Armstrong, is arrested in a Paris café. He is never heard from again. He was twenty years old, a German citizen. And he was black. Berlin, 1952. Falk is a jazz legend. Hot Time Swingers band members Sid Griffiths and Chip Jones, both African Americans from Baltimore, have appeared in a documentary about Falk. When they are invited to attend the film's premier, Sid's role in Falk's fate will be questioned and the two old musicians set off on a surprising and strange journey. From the smoky bars of pre-war Berlin to the salons of Paris, Sid leads the reader through a fascinating, little-known world as he describes the friendships, love affairs and treacheries that led to Falk's incarceration in Sachsenhausen. Half-Blood Blues is a story about music and race, love and loyalty, and the sacrifices we ask of ourselves, and demand of others, in the name of art.
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merelybookish
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This novel charts the fate of of a group of African-American jazz musicians in Nazi Germany. I recall liking it when I read it.
#musicalnewyear #musicofthenight
@cinfhen @vivastory

Cinfhen I just bought from BookOutlet but the low Litsy rating scares me😱😣 6mo
merelybookish @Cinfhen I read it with a book club a few years back and I don't remember anyone disliking it. I do thinks it's a book where what you think the book will be about and how the story that actually unfolds is quite different. 6mo
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Shemac77
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Pickpick

Whoa. What a beautifully written book. Going between 1939 and present day. Beautiful.

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Shemac77
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Coffee collagen smoothie and reading post workout. Looking like I won‘t make my Goodreads challenge for the first time ever but whatevs. I‘m still reading and still loving reading.

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Ruthiella
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Mehso-so

The link to Billie Holiday aka the #angelofharlem is tenuous at best! Though there is a character in the book who may be slightly inspired by her. But it is a book about Jazz as well as historical fiction and a story of friendship and betrayal. This title won the Giller Prize as did Edugyan‘s more recent work Washington Black.
#WinterWonderland

TrishB Any link accepted 👍🏻 good pick. 7mo
Ruthiella @TrishB Thanks 🙏 7mo
Cinfhen I‘d like to read this book although it has a poor Litsy rating 😳 7mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen I have goodreads friends who really loved it. I definitely think it‘s worth reading! 7mo
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Shemac77
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Reading between calls.
Haven‘t been able to read as much as I‘d like lately but hoping this night shift is uneventful so I can get some reading in.

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Shemac77
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Books and booze!

Cathythoughts Great combination 👍🏻 8mo
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GripLitGrl
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Cinfhen This sounds so good stacked 10mo
Kalalalatja This is the second time I see this book today, it must be a sign! 10mo
ephemeralwaltz Oh!! I just found about this book today with her newest being on the Booker shortlist. Must be a sign! 10mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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I loved this book both times I read it, and I'm excited that Edugyan has a new book out (and appearing on a couple awards long and short lists!). Anyone read Washington Black yet?

#FromParistoBerlin
(Well, it's really #FromBerlintoParis, but close enough!)
#SeptemberDanes @Cinfhen @Kalalalatja

Lola I loved Washington Black and was really happy to see it on the MB Shortlist this morning! I added this to the TBR after reading WB. 10mo
Cinfhen I was just gonna say @Lola loved 10mo
candority I heard Edugyan read a couple weeks ago, and Washington Black sounds fascinating and fantastic! 10mo
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Kalalalatja I have Washington Black from the library, but haven‘t started it yet. I‘m excited though! 10mo
Redwritinghood I‘m reading right now and am really liking it. 10mo
TheKidUpstairs @Lola @Redwritinghood So glad to see the positive reviews! 10mo
TheKidUpstairs @candority I would love to see her speak! So talented, and her writing is so thoughtful I imagine she would make an interesting speaker. 10mo
TheKidUpstairs @Kalalalatja I had it recently from the library, but there was someone waiting for it, and I couldn't get to it before it was due 😣 Back on the waiting list I go! 10mo
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xicanti
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I went to an author event with Esi Edugyan tonight, and she signed my copy of HALF-BLOOD BLUES!

She also told us this wild story about its road to publication. I'm glad it all worked out in the end and we got this awesome book.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻🙌🏻 10mo
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Augustdana
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Went to school today to set up my classroom and as a reward for dragging my ass on the last possible day I went to the book outlet! I paid 15 Canadian dollars for these beauties! Happy labour day weekend I suppose.

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xicanti
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1. I love a bunch, but I'm gonna push HALF-BLOOD BLUES today.
2. Led Zeppelin, Billy Talent, RHCP, Loreena McKennitt, Tori Amos, Goo Goo Dolls, The Offspring
3. RHCP. Soon as they came on, everyone in the crowd stood up and we spent the whole concert dancing and singing along and being in the moment. We drowned them out on "Scar Tissue!" The light show was awesome, too.
4. "Cold War" by Janelle Monáe, among many others
#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho I saw RHCP twice last year and they were amazing! ❤️ 1y
TK421 Zep!! 1y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk The Goo Goo Dolls was my favorite band in high school and their music still slams me with nostalgia. 1y
Shemac77 Zeppelin! 8mo
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xicanti
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Sometimes I had to trick Murchie into posing with a book. Little dude thought he was hanging out on the couch, totally unmolested, while I was down at the other end snapping a picture. #murchieplusbooks

TricksyTails Murchie! ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 1y
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xicanti
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A small selection of diverse books by non-American authors. Geographic diversity is also important, y'all. #diversity #anditsaugust

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RealLifeReading
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#junebookbugs day 21: #multiethnic
I've been meaning to read these two books - ok I probably say that with most posts I put up. And since Half-Blood Blues was a 2011 finalist it means I've been wanting to read it for 6 years now....

Dragon I've had this one on my tbr for awhile as she used to live here. 2y
Ciska Loved Half-Blood Blues! 2y
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TheCanuckReader
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Soooo much fun in my #cupidgoespostal package from @Shawna We need to do this every month 😂 Two great books by award winning Canadian authors, a beautful bookish/owl print (is there a better combo??), a sweet pen and READING SOCKS! Thanks so much @Shawna, I love everything and the socks are on as I type 😁
@BookishMarginalia

MrBook Wow! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Shawna Yay I'm so glad you like it! 2y
BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2y
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TheCanuckReader I saw those reading socks in Chapters and almost bought them...so cozy! I'm gonna frame that print...so great. Annnd the books fill several slots in my multiple reading challenges! 2y
LeahBergen Ooo, I LOVE my reading socks! 😍 2y
Eyelit That owl print is awesome! 2y
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Auntynanny
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Pickpick

This was an amazing, heartbreaking story. I loved it.

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xicanti
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This season's book market haul. I'm especially thrilled I found my own copy of HALF-BLOOD BLUES and a paperback of THE SUMMER QUEEN. I've been searching for a cheap copy of BELLWEATHER for aaaaages, so this $1 copy was also a real happy-maker. I want to read more from Luis Alberto Urrea, Ted Chiang, and Eva Ibbotson, too, and I'm glad I'll have a chance to try WINDROSE. The Camilla Läckberg is for my father, but I'll borrow it when he's done.

BethFishReads Yes, be sure to read Ice Princess. 3y
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Spiderfelt
Mehso-so

This book offered a novel lens through which to view an aspect of WWII I had not previously read. I tried to imagine the lives of these characters, but ultimately, there was not enough to sustain me. The story did not provide the details sufficient to paint that picture, and I failed to be captivated by the characters. Perhaps if I knew more about jazz from that era, it would have been more engaging.

CherylDeFranceschi I'm so sad to hear this. I've heard so many rave reviews of this. I was looking forward to reading it. 3y
BookishFeminist @CherylDeFranceschi Don't let it turn you off! It may not connect with everyone but I loved it 4/5⭐️! 3y
Spiderfelt Absolutely! I couldn't agree more @BookishFeminist @CherylDeFranceschi. My dad gave it 5/5. I had a difficult time putting my gut feelings into words, unsure exactly why I didn't love it. There is some great dialogue. The banter between the characters was fantastic, even more because the author is a woman and the insults flying were definitely the sort of back talk I hear guys hurling. 3y
CherylDeFranceschi @Spiderfelt @BookishFeminist I'll keep it on the TBR. But you know how that goes. I have an endless amount to read! 3y
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LindaGrace812

Excellent, excellent book. History, music, characters who are oh, so human, and forgiveness all in one book.

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LindaGrace812

Excellent, excellent book. History, music, characters who are oh, so human, and forgiveness all in one book.

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nyashajunior
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Bailedbailed

I tried. Had to bail. The language just didn't ring true for me.

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Kitta
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My pick for 'book & music' for #Augustofpages, the FANTASTIC Half-blood Blues by Esi Edugyan. Jazz and the struggle to survive in Paris in 1940. So good.
#Augustphotochallenge

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BookishFeminist
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Fun Photo Friday, Pt. 2: More amazing Canadian authors! Including POC bc they're under-represented in Canadian literature: Alice Munro, Emily St. John Mandel, Lawrence Hill, Esi Edugyan (Ghanaian heritage), Tracey Lindberg (Cree), & Nalo Hopkinson (Jamaican)--I LOVE HER. More coming! 🇨🇦

brendanmleonard Awesome titles! 3y
Spiderfelt Doh! I can't believe I forgot Emily StJohn Mandel in my list. She is fantastic. 3y
BookishFeminist @Spiderfelt She is! It's easy to forget since Station Eleven is set in the US I think. Have you read her other stuff? 3y
Spiderfelt No I haven't @BookishFeminist. I heard her speak on book tour this year. She was great. 3y
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Dragon
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My stack some TBR in there as well. Happy Canada Day @Liberty

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Kitta
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Reading location for today, Central Park. Hello NYC sunshine! 😃☀️

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