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Boy, Snow, Bird
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
As seen on the cover of theNew York Times Book Review, where it was described as gloriously unsettling evoking Toni Morrison, Haruki Murakami, Angela Carter, Edgar Allan Poe, Gabriel Garca Mrquez, Chris Abani and even Emily Dickinson,and already one of the years most widely acclaimed novels:Helen Oyeyemi has fully transformed from a literary prodigy into a powerful, distinctive storytellerTransfixing and surprising.Entertainment Weekly(Grade: A)I dont care what the magic mirror says; Oyeyemi is the cleverest in the landdaring and unnerving Under Oyeyemis spell, the fairy-tale conceit makes a brilliant setting in which to explore the alchemy of racism, the weird ways in which identity can be transmuted in an instant from beauty to beast or vice versa. Ron Charles,The Washington PostFrom the prizewinning author ofWhat Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, coming February 2016, the Snow White fairy tale brilliantly recast as a story of family secrets, race, beauty, and vanity.In the winter of 1953, Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts looking, she believes, for beautythe opposite of the life shes left behind in New York. She marries Arturo Whitman, a local widower, and becomes stepmother to his winsome daughter, Snow.A wicked stepmother is a creature Boy never imagined shed become, but elements of the familiar tale of aesthetic obsession begin to play themselves out when the birth of Boys daughter, Bird, who is dark-skinned, exposes the Whitmans as light-skinned African-Americans passing for white.And even as Boy, Snow, and Bird are divided, their estrangement is complicated by an insistent curiosity about one another. In seeking an understanding that is separate from the image each presents to the world, Boy, Snow, and Bird confront the tyranny of the mirror to ask how much power surfaces really hold.Dazzlingly inventive and powerfully moving,Boy, Snow, Birdis an astonishing and enchanting novel. With breathtaking feats of imagination, Helen Oyeyemi confirms her place as one of the most original and dynamic literary voices of our time.
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Butterflyamore
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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If you were ask me to list my favorite hobbies, at this point I would definitely need to add “going to library book sales.” I love them so much!

Needless to say, this is another library book sale haul! We headed out to Clifton Springs Library last night and found some goodies! I was especially excited about the Jennifer Donnelly book, although this now means I need to find the first two in the trilogy!

Have you read any of these?

jdiehr Me, too! You can't go wrong at a library sale 😄 1mo
Butterflyamore @jdiehr They‘re so addicting! 1mo
Butterflyamore @AmyG I‘m so glad to see someone say something positive about it. I think it sounds so intriguing! 1mo
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Owlizabeth
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Cinfhen YES!!!! Her book covers are always spectacular 2mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Well. That was not what I expecting from a Snow White retelling! But I definitely enjoyed it. It took on a lot of topics like race, class, family & sexuality. I did not necessarily agree with or like the way some of these things were portrayed, but I think these they would make for a very lively book discussion. I'll be thinking on this book for a while.

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xicanti
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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#friyayintro time!

1. I will never, ever stop being mad at BOY, SNOW, BIRD. It made me love the hell out of it, then destroyed that love with its transphobic ending. Worst literary betrayal EVER.

2. Currently SCHITT‘S CREEK.

3. Usually sour cream scrambled eggs with bleu cheese dressing and hot sauce. It‘s quick, tasty, and filling.

4. CST.

5. Burgundy Jellyfish.

melissajayne I love Schitt‘s Creek 2mo
xicanti @melissajayne it‘s become one of my favourite things. I never expected to love it as much as I do. 2mo
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Burgundy Jellyfish 🎵🤘 3w
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Surgey
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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mcctrish
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Helen Oyeyemi writes a crazy mix of fairy tale and real with a fluid time line so it seems like an old fashioned present day. She is gifted with words, some images of the rat catcher stayed a bit too long in my mind. I enjoyed all of the characters and the different view points of Boy, Snow and Bird. I‘m even more disappointed about Gingerbread now 🤣

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mcctrish
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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I‘m wearing my Snow White bracelet ( my first princess love ) while I start this

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I have this one but haven't read it yet. Curious what you'll think of it. 3mo
mcctrish @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I have read Gingerbread which was weird and wild and I really had to focus and persevere. I‘m hoping this is easier 3mo
gradcat Nice picture! 3mo
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Aimeesue This one definitely has an easier to follow plot than Gingerbread. This and Mr. Fox are my favorite Oyeyemis. 3mo
LA_Mead I really liked Gingerbread. It was a bit confusing, but I thought maybe that‘s because I‘m up all night with a baby lol 3mo
mcctrish Thank you @gradcat 3mo
mcctrish @Aimeesue that is good to hear 🎉I was really excited for Gingerbread but I honestly felt like I should be on hallucinogenic drugs to fully understand it 3mo
mcctrish @LA_Mead I did like parts of it ( and I loved the cover) but I felt like I had to work to hard to get it. I bet it would make a great movie though 3mo
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Erin.Elizabeth10
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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This book was unlike a lot of other books that I‘ve read. It felt very airy and the plot felt out of touch, even though there was a plot. It was just hard to pin down. I think I need to talk about it more with other people before I can truly know what I think of it.
*Update: I originally put this as so-so, but after discussing it with book club, I like it a lot better and am changing it to a pick.

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Kalalalatja
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Mehso-so

#MoreMehThanYay

I really liked how the book deals with race, privileges, and prejudices. However, all of those good things got a bit lost in the parts told by Boy, because the writing style got too incoherent, jumpy and pretentious. The part told by Bird was great, imo, but it was too short compared to the rest.

erzascarletbookgasm What a great cover, though 5mo
RachelO Gorgeous picture! I‘ve found I want to enjoy her books more than I actually do - will probably try again one day, but 😕 5mo
IndoorDame Agree! I started this last month and I really love the premise, the social commentary, and Boy‘s voice, but I kept getting lost in it and putting it down. Not sure if I‘ll actually finish... 5mo
cariashley I felt very much the same about this one and have been hesitant to try another by her. I have Gingerbread, from a recent bookstore subscription release. 5mo
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Kalalalatja
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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It is a long weekend in Denmark, and after spending my Saturday at a 50th birthday party, and my Sunday with a devil of a hangover, I‘m spending my Monday off on the couch with coffee and my current read 📖

#currentlyreading

BarbaraBB A perfect day i think! 5mo
mabell Looks terrific! 5mo
Crazeedi Sending fairy wishes for a belated happy birthday!!! 🎉🎂🌹💕 5mo
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Kalalalatja @Crazeedi it wasn‘t my birthday but my brother-in-law‘s, but thank you anyway 😄 5mo
readordierachel Sounds perfect. Enjoy! 5mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 That is the best of plans!! 5mo
JazzFeathers How's this book? I've heard different opinion. I have it on my TBR 5mo
Kalalalatja @JazzFeathers I must admit, I struggled a bit with the first half. I just read the first chapter of part two, and I like the style of it better. However, I think it might have something to do with my lack of reading time and energy at the moment, so yeah 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️ 5mo
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Kalalalatja
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Well, that was a day! First day at my new job (with 1,5 hour commute each way) and I‘m tiiiiiiireeeeed (and happy)! If I could keep my eyes open, I would read this, but after a chapter, I have to throw the towel in the ring and just watch Drag Race 🙌

TrishB Hope it went well 👍🏻 6mo
KarenUK So glad you had a great first day.... 💕sounds like you deserve a relaxing evening! 6mo
DaveGreen7777 Congratulations on the new job! Hope it works out great for you! 😀 6mo
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Cathythoughts Great news !!! Tired & happy !! I love the pic 6mo
marleed Your photo says it all! Congrats. How do you commute for 1.5 hours!? 6mo
MicheleinPhilly Are you driving to and from or taking public transport? You could get oodles of reading in if the latter! 6mo
Kalalalatja @marleed @MicheleinPhilly I‘m driving and plan on listening to audiobooks just to get a bit of reading in 👍 6mo
Kalalalatja @TrishB @KarenUK @DaveGreen7777 @Cathythoughts thanks all ☺️ it went pretty well, but mostly just a lot of intro stuff. Can‘t wait to get to all the “real” work 👍 6mo
JillR Good luck in your new job :) My new job has a similar commute, sometimes I hate it but I‘m trying to embrace it and enjoy the reading time! 6mo
AnneCecilie Congratulations on the new job. 6mo
LiteraryinLititz Congrats on the new job!! 6mo
JennyM Love this!!! Glad it went well....now go to bed and sleep! 😘😘😘 6mo
BarbaraBB Great picture! Go and sleep now 😴😘 6mo
readordierachel Congratulations on your first day! 🎉🎉 6mo
Avanders Congratulations!! 🍾♥️ 6mo
BiblioLitten Congratulations on your new job! 🎉 6mo
rohit-sawant Congratulations! 🎉🎉 6mo
ephemeralwaltz So happy for you! 5mo
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rachelsbrittain
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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1. Blackfish City, Pet, Love in the Time of Cholera, The Kiss Quotient (reread)

2. Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

3. Hydrangeas

#weekendreads

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OnePageAtATime
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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So I'm 17 hours and 13 minutes through #24B4Monday I cranked out a little less than 10 hours today (some was audiobook) and I hope I can do the last 7ish tomorrow. I guess we'll see 🤷

@TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

Andrew65 A brilliant total. Well on track for 24 hours. 👍 8mo
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Hestapleton
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Guys I was really getting into the rhythm of this book only to discover...ITS A MISPRINT. Jumps from page 20 to 85 and resumes numbering at page 65. 🙄 Now I have to wait for a library hold to come in.

CocoReads 😡😡 9mo
mandi1082 @CocoReads is it an arc? Wow that is crazy. 9mo
CocoReads @mandi1082 I don‘t know, I was angry facing @Hestapleton post. Either way, that would be super frustrating. 9mo
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C.Perone Oh that's just super annoying 😡 9mo
Hestapleton @CocoReads @mandi1082 it‘s actually not an ARC! I seem to have a knack for accidentally buying misprints. This has happened a few times lol 9mo
LiteraryinLititz WHAT???? That is SO strange. Grr. 9mo
esurient That happened to me once! I was able to exchange it at the nearest bookshop. For printer's errors like this, no need to have retained the receipt. 9mo
Hestapleton @esurient oh good to know!! I bought this a few years ago, but I may swing by a Barnes and Noble tomorrow and see if they‘ll swap it for me! 9mo
Birdsong28 Try contacting the publisher as this happened to me and the publisher sent me a new one free of charge. Also they may need to know this has happened to one batch of copies. 😀📚📖 9mo
esurient @Hestapleton I am betting they'll take it, no problem. With my book, they just had me pick one in a comperable edition (trade paperback for trade paperback). They said they would log the erroneous one with the publisher, receive a refund, and destroy it. And mine had also not been a recent purchase. 9mo
ohyeahthatgirl This happened to me with that exact book! I was judt starting to get into it, too. 9mo
Hestapleton @esurient so weird! I just called my Barnes and Noble and they said they only accept it within 14 days of purchase. So I‘ll give @Birdsong28 ‘s suggestion and see if I have any luck getting a proper copy and I‘ll just get it from the library while I wait. 9mo
esurient @Hestapleton Oh, bummer! So sorry! 9mo
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nudibranch
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Andrew65 This looks interesting. 👍 9mo
Linsy Loved this one! 💕 9mo
Aimeesue ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️Oyeyemi❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
Wonderwoman89 @nudibranch can you email me your mailing address for your Harry Potter box? I can‘t find it 8mo
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guinsgirlreads
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Thank you @donnalyy for my #happilyeverafterswap package! Can‘t wait to read these! #heas

@Chrissyreadit 🌹

Chrissyreadit That looks like a fun kit! 9mo
Chrissyreadit Boy Snow Bird sounds amazing! 9mo
donnalyy You‘re so welcome, hope you enjoy! Happy VDay 💕 9mo
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Kalalalatja
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Sweet #BookMail from @Cinfhen ❤️ thanks for the book and the note lovely. Hopefully, I‘ll like the book more than you did 🤞

#LittenLove

erzascarletbookgasm What a lovely cover. 10mo
Cinfhen That was fast ❤️ 10mo
LauraBeth What a beautiful cover! 😍 10mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Love that cover. 10mo
readordierachel That cover 😍 10mo
Kalalalatja @erzascarletbookgasm @LauraBeth @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @readordierachel it is so pretty! 😍 @Cinfhen I know! I was completely surprise when it was delivered 😘 10mo
Cathythoughts This is my favorite cover I have seen in a long time ✨✨✨✨ 10mo
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Mtroiano
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Got my book, a cup of coffee, and my cozy robe on waiting for cold weather to roll in. #lazysunday #currentlyreading

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saresmoore
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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First and foremost, the writing in this is incredibly good. So, for good reason (and not-as-good), I finished it wanting more. I enjoyed the precarious feel of the story—true to the fairytale that inspired it—like it could veer off from the mundane to the grotesque, at any moment. But it never really did. It left me dissatisfied. The theme of vanity was subtle and expertly presented, until it just became obvious. 👇

saresmoore Same with the issues of racism and gender identity, the latter of which I think ended up being problematic and flimsy. Oyeyemi is obviously brilliant. I love the idea of what she set out to do, but the execution fell a little flat. Still, it made think and I LOVED the writing, hence the pick. 10mo
LeahBergen Wait... let‘s talk about what‘s important here. Did you get bangs?? Gorgeous! 😍😍 10mo
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Cinfhen Great review. And I‘m so happy I bailed early on. I agree the writing was gorgeous ( just like your new bangs) (stunning 😍) but this book was clearly NOT for me!!! Love the photo too!!! 10mo
LeahBergen @Cinfhen 😂😂 Great (and shallow) minds think alike! 10mo
Christine Whoa. I LOVE the bangs!!! 10mo
Cinfhen Hahahaha I had to catch my breath @LeahBergen we are SOOOOO SHALLOW (edited) 10mo
Cinfhen But honestly, @saresmoore is looking HOT 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 10mo
emilyhaldi I strongly approve of the dark walls 🖤 10mo
saresmoore @LeahBergen @Cinfhen 😘♥️You guys crack me up! I finally got the Zooey Deschanel bangs I‘d always wanted. But, I do think you may have missed the point of the “mirror, mirror” photo. 😂 10mo
saresmoore @Christine Thank you! ♥️♥️♥️ 10mo
saresmoore @emilyhaldi Aren‘t they delicious? Sherwin Williams has some killer dark shades. 10mo
LeahBergen I‘m quite sure that my shallowness has caused me to miss a lot of points in life. 😆😆 10mo
saresmoore @LeahBergen Ain‘t that the truth? This book certainly reminded me of my own vanity more than I‘d care to admit. At least we‘re not as bad as Genji. 😅 10mo
Kalalalatja I‘m digging the Zooey Deschanel vibes 🙌 10mo
TrishB Great pic 💕 I remember the first time I read bangs in an American novel and didn‘t have a clue!! Was years before I realised what was in all these women‘s faces..... 10mo
saresmoore @TrishB That‘s fantastic! 😅 10mo
saresmoore @Kalalalatja Thanks, friend! ♥️ 10mo
Cinfhen That‘s funny @TrishB because everyone here uses the word “fringes” and I kept looking at them with a side eye 😉will u read more of HO, @saresmoore ??? I don‘t think her storytelling is for me🙆‍♀️ 10mo
TrishB @Cinfhen 😁is it just US where it‘s bangs? 10mo
Cinfhen I‘m not sure @TrishB maybe North America because @LeahBergen our Canadian friend used the term bangs !!! 10mo
TrishB @Cinfhen cool 👍🏻 10mo
batsy Super chic bangs, Sara! ❤️ You look fab and the photo is 👌🏽 Excellent review, as well. This is going to sound weird, but I'm a bit afraid to try Oyeyemi; I feel like her style is something quite unique that one would either like or dislike. 10mo
saresmoore @batsy I think you‘re right about her style. For me, it worked on an almost rhythmic level and she kept writing things that surprised me. I didn‘t know what to expect and I love that. I‘m going to try her short story collection next: 10mo
saresmoore @Cinfhen I definitely will! I‘m all about her quirky style. See above comment. 👆 10mo
batsy Rhythmic and surprising sounds fantastic, really! You've convinced me to read her soon. 10mo
Suet624 Great new profile picture as well as the photo in this post. I‘ve had issues with HO‘s writing as well so I‘m glad to see others have too. 10mo
LeahBergen @TrishB @Cinfhen I believe it‘s mostly “bangs” here, but you do hear “fringe” a bit, as well. And now I see @batsy used “bangs”. 🤔 10mo
LeahBergen @batsy @saresmoore I‘ve had one of her novels sitting unread on my shelf for years. 😬 10mo
LauraBeth Great review! I‘m like @batsy - I‘ve been afraid to try Oyeyemi. I‘m here for those bangs! 😍 10mo
batsy @LeahBergen "Fringe" is what we say over here. I don't know if it's the result of reading Seventeen magazine and Sweet Valley High and watching all of those American TV shows and movies, but that's how I understood that Americans say "bangs" ?? 10mo
rubyslippersreads L. M. Montgomery calls it “a bang” in 10mo
BookBabe Like @LauraBeth and @batsy , I too have been afraid to try Oyeyemi. But the description “rhythmic and surprising” has me intrigued, @saresmoore ...I might just try her yet! 10mo
saresmoore @BookBabe I think her work is definitely worth a try. It won‘t take long to determine if it‘s your speed or not. 10mo
britt_brooke Love your hair! 10mo
Moray_Reads This one is fantastic and had a gorgeous cover too 10mo
saresmoore @Moray_Reads That‘s on my list to read later this year because I remembered how much you liked it! Unfortunately, I got the Kindle version on a deal so I won‘t be able to drool over the cover in person. 10mo
Notafraidofwords Obvious should be a writing sin. 10mo
saresmoore @Notafraidofwords Sometimes I wonder if “obvious” might be a result of an editor saying, “I want you to pull on this thread a bit more,” in order to up the word count. 10mo
Notafraidofwords @saresmoore whaaaaa! No way, could it be? I always thought that obvious was because they think readers are stupid. 10mo
saresmoore @Notafraidofwords Yeah, you‘re probably right. I guess I just wish it was the editor‘s fault. 🤷‍♀️ 10mo
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Cinfhen
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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#HumpDayPost @MinDea 1. Spending time with my family & traveling were the highlights of 2018 2. to read mindfully 3. Worst of 2018 ~ my son‘s injury 😢( Thank God he‘s doing well) Best ~ my Litten meetups ( there were MANY this year) 🥰4. To eat healthier 🍌🥕🥑5. #FairyTaleRetelling #Booked2019

JennyM ❤️ 11mo
Kalalalatja Lovely photos! ❤️ 11mo
TrishB Great pics 👍🏻 11mo
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BarbaraBB Such great pictures. Love it 💜 11mo
Cinfhen Thank you, my friends ♥️ @JennyM @Kalalalatja @TrishB @BarbaraBB 😘 just sad it wasn‘t you guys that I met .... hopefully 2019 will be the year 🤞🏼🤞🏼💋 11mo
LauraBeth Beautiful pics 💕 11mo
TrishB We‘ll get there! 11mo
Mdargusch I love this! 💗I‘m so glad your son is doing well! 11mo
4thhouseontheleft I‘m glad your son is doing well! 11mo
Cinfhen Thank you so much @Mdargusch @4thhouseontheleft I really appreciate your well wishes. GOOD Health is one thing we can NEVER take for granted🙏🏻 I‘m glad the worst is behind us although he‘s still undergoing PT. 11mo
Cinfhen Thanks @LauraBeth FAMILY is EVERYTHING to me ♥️ 11mo
emilyhaldi Love your family photos always ❤️ Hope 2019 brings you many more family travels and litten meet-ups!! 11mo
Cinfhen Thanks @emilyhaldi I‘m REALLY hoping for a GREAT BIG Dargusch MEETUP @Reviewsbylola @Mdargusch @Meredith3 @AnnieD 🙏🏻💗😃 11mo
Mdargusch Lets do it! 11mo
Cinfhen I hope to be in the states most of August @Mdargusch and I‘ve never been to Ohio before.... 11mo
Reviewsbylola Yes, come to Ohio! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 11mo
Cinfhen I‘m gonna try to convince Niki to take a road trip with me to Ohio 😂😂😂 @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi @Mdargusch or maybe @MicheleinPhilly wants to join me?!!!!!!!? 11mo
MicheleinPhilly @Cinfhen As long as you realize you‘ll have to drive the WHOLE way. I don‘t even have a license. I‘ll spring for good snacks though. ☺️ 11mo
Cinfhen Ha!!! Maybe we can fly @MicheleinPhilly 11mo
LeahBergen I always love your family photos! 😍😍 11mo
Cinfhen Thanks so much @LeahBergen love sharing my photos with you 😘😘😘 11mo
Mdargusch We can meet half way @Cinfhen and @MicheleinPhilly 🚙🚗🚙 11mo
MicheleinPhilly @Mdargusch 🤔 What‘s in between? Pittsburgh? I‘ve never been to Pittsburgh and I hear it‘s lovely. 11mo
kspenmoll Such lovely photos of your family & travels! ❤️ 11mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous pics ♥️👍🏻 11mo
Mdargusch That sounds about right @MicheleinPhilly 11mo
GatheringBooks gorgeous photo!!! 10mo
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saresmoore
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Holy amazing writing, Batman! I am utterly immersed in this book.

kgriffith Dang it, I don‘t need MORE books on my list of TBR to make decisions about! 😝 11mo
Leftcoastzen Gee thanks! Stacked! 11mo
saresmoore @kgriffith @Leftcoastzen It‘s mesmerizing and unsettling in all the best ways! 11mo
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Aimeesue Oyeyemi! ❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
Izai.Amorim Happy new year, Sara! 11mo
saresmoore @Izai.Amorim Here‘s to 2019, the best year yet! 🥂 11mo
Moray_Reads I absolutely love Helen Oyeyemi! Icarus Girl and The Opposite House are my favourites. I can't wait for 11mo
saresmoore @Moray_Reads Her writing is mesmerizing! 11mo
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gossamerchild
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Thank you, @Eyelit , for the book, socks, and chocolate! The chocolate is already gone 🤣🤣. This was very thoughtful of you. I hope you have wonderful holidays!

#litsypenpal

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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyDec18 Day 17: A #Blizzard settling in - no worries of that happening in my tropical country where we have the sun the whole year round.

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vivastory
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I have yet to read Oyeyemi's retelling of Snow White, set in contemporary NY. In fact, it has been a long time since I've read Oyeyemi. I think I will remedy this oversight this weekend.
#WinterWonderland
@Cinfhen @TrishB

Cinfhen I plan on reading this for #Booked2019 #FairytaleRetelling ....didn‘t know it was set in NY ( yay ) 11mo
vivastory @Cinfhen Have you read Oyeyemi? 11mo
Cinfhen Yes, her short story collection. I liked some but overall it was a little to out there for me 11mo
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vivastory @Cinfhen I haven't read that one, but I absolutely loved 11mo
TrishB I‘ve not read any as yet! 11mo
vivastory @TrishB I have only read White Is For Witching (excellent) & Mr. Fox (so-so). But I've heard Boy, Snow etc is one of her best. 11mo
Cathythoughts Great pick 👍🏻. I don‘t know the writer .... I must investigate 11mo
saresmoore Oh, thanks for reminding me of this book! This‘ll do as an option for “fairytale retelling” in reading challenges next year. Aaand I just saw @Cinfhen ‘s comment. 😊 11mo
Cinfhen Hi @saresmoore 👋🏼👋🏼Happy Friday to you 💋 11mo
Bibliogeekery I loved this book! 11mo
MaureenMc I really liked this one. It was unsettling, but in a good way. 11mo
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LikelyLibrarian
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Mehso-so

Boy, Snow, Bird should be called Whoa, Yikes, Hmm. The novel is broken into three sections, and that was my reaction to each. I‘m not sure how to feel about this book, but I will say I couldn‘t NOT finish it. Others have called it a fairytale and like many fairytales, this is a story about women, particularly mothers and daughters. The message seems to be that we are all irreparably damaged - far too damaged to have children.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Pickpick

House of Flying Daggers is one of my favorite movies. It‘s visually stunning & the way in which the story is told is, for me, even more important than the story itself. The same is true for this book. Oyeyemi‘s writing is exquisite—I almost didn‘t care one whit about what I was reading, just that I was reading her writing. I liked the premise & much, but not all, of the story even though I didn‘t much like the characters. ❤️writing, ok story.

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gossamerchild
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Mehso-so

Well, hmm. That was. Hmm. I'd say a solid "okay". Somewhere between pick and so-so. I think the character of Frank was (probably unintentionally) problematic. I think I would've liked it better had it not been for that. Looking forward to my book club discussion of this tonight, though!

#booksnbooze

JazzFeathers It's on my TBR. It does sound like a difficult read 13mo
gossamerchild @JazzFeathers the funny thing is, it wasn't that difficult to read, really. At least not for me. Her writing style is beautiful. I just question some of the directions the characters took. Still definitely worth reading! 13mo
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gossamerchild
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Yes. Why be myself if everything about the situation makes me uncomfortable and awkward? I've had these thoughts before. They're not fun thoughts.

#amreading #booksnbooze

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GhostStories
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Pickpick

Finished this morning. It was a hard to put down, don‘t read before bed read. Oyeyemi uses the framework of Snow White to build a complex novel tackling race, identity, and the difficulty/impossibility of making the right choice.

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GhostStories
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If you‘re about to fall to the ground like a frail creature in need of smelling salts, you owe it to yourself to at least say something fantastically vicious beforehand.

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khooliha
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi

I was going to jump on here and heap some praise, but I sincerely don't know how to handle Part 3 of this book.

khooliha Yeah, I don't like it and I cannot recommend this book, despite loving 90% of it. Fuckin' WHOOPS 1y
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khooliha
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi

It might be National Read a Book Day, but in St. Pete it's apparently a power flickering thunderstorm day, so it's only one chapter today for me.

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khooliha
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi

I have come into this book with zero expectations other than it being good and at about a third of the way in I'm still not sure what to expect. It is good, though.

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Ubookquitous
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Pickpick

A fascinating read - and not what I expected. Oyeyemi uses the Snow White story to look at race and expectations in a world where what one sees or doesn‘t in mirrors doesn‘t always match what the world tells us.

Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻. What a fab book cover 1y
AmyG Good book. 1y
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bittertofu
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Devastatingly haunting, a gripping tale of motherhood and painful prejudice. Couldn't recommend more.

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cleoh
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Train snacks and train books 🚇

ephemeralwaltz How was this one?? 1y
cleoh @ephemeralwaltz I really enjoyed it! 1y
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DoonTheGoon
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Went to the used bookstore today... spent a little over an hour and happily didn't get myself into too much trouble!!! One I've read, and three I haven't - excited to add to my TBR pile.

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cleoh
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Here I am annotating my books without thinking about it because I‘m so used to doing it for classes 🤷🏻‍♀️ although, I kind of love the idea of someone picking up this book (or any book) after me and seeing what I thought was important!

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Linsy
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Motherhood seems to turn Boy from hero to villain in this Snow White retelling, but beauty is the rotten core of this fairy tale. #mother #coolbooks #fairytales

kyraleseberg I found this at Dollar Tree a while back, I'm excited to read it! 1y
kayceecruz This is one of m favorite fairytale retellings! 1y
staci.reads Great book! 1y
Nerdgirl_Ms_Sorrells great cover 1y
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AWahle
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Oh man, the day you go back to work after 4 days off is so slow. It isn't even lunch time yet and I'm ready to go home. And there are so many new books from the Half Price sale waiting to be read. It's funny I ended up with 2 Snow White retellings. Chloe's posture says it all.

LeahBergen 😂😂 1y
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emtobiasz
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Pickpick

Well. I did finish this before book club tonight, and I loved it. This isn‘t the kind of story you lose yourself in— its fablelike quality never quite lets you forget you‘re reading a book, but that doesn‘t keep the situations it describes from hitting home. I both loved and hated that Oyeyemi doesn‘t tell you how to judge her characters (what am I supposed to do with that ending?!) and I‘ll definitely look for more of her books.

LiteraryinLititz Great review! 1y
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emtobiasz
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“She ought to know that where there‘s a queen there‘s often a plot to overthrow her.”

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emtobiasz
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Had a moment of panic this afternoon, thinking that book club was tomorrow and I hadn‘t started the book 👀 But no, I have an extra day, thank goodness.

Still, it motivated me to at least *start* the book, and 50 pages in I‘m enjoying it! #under40bookclub

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Victoriahoperose
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Panpan

Ugh I‘m so sad. I have been looking forward to this book for so long. I didn‘t really see much of a correlation to Snow White and the relationships were so detached. I had hoped there would have been more tension and excitement in this book, but it just fell flat for me. #booked2018 #floweroncover

Cinfhen I bought this book purely for the cover! Now im scared to read it!! 2y
Victoriahoperose Oh no! @Cinfhen you may like it! I love magical realism and unique stories, but I just felt like this one didn‘t go deep enough? I really hope you end up enjoying it! 2y
Cinfhen Thanks, I‘m still smitten with the cover so it‘s all good! I also bought it on the discount table so I don‘t feel so bad 2y
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Eyelit
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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I think it‘s been a rough day all around and I decided to remedy my bad day by starting my book club selection (we‘re meeting Friday so I‘m just a bit behind)... and now I feel like my bookmark is pretty apt. I sat down less than an hour ago and I‘m progressing through this book so quickly. Its imminently readable and I‘m thinking I can breeze through 1/2-2/3 tonight. 🤞

elkeo_TheBookDragon Awesome bookmark! 2y
JazzFeathers It's been on my TBR since list year. I take it it's a good one? 😆 2y
Eyelit @JazzFeathers I‘m finding it fascinating so far (I‘m halfway through) jury is still out on good - will have more informed opinion when done 😁 2y
Aimeesue I adore Oyeyemi. Her blend of fairy tale, folk tales and real life is wonderful. I'm not into magical realism, except when it's based on fairy tales for some reason. Weird, huh? 2y
Eyelit @Aimeesue not weird at all - totally understandable. And I know I‘ll be looking into her other work 2y
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Thank you so much @Phancatherine I haven't been this excited on Easter morning in years!

Thanks for organizing @JoeStalksBeck

#Easterbasketbookswap

🐰🐥💐🍫

Gissy 📚📚😍 2y
benchley1 Omg Robson!!! I was trying to remember that author the other day! I loved the one of hers I read 2y
wallacereads @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego - so glad you like the little package. I just arrived home from vacation and it turns out the post office is closed today! I am going to pick it up this week and am super excited! 2y
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BiblioBimbo
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Mehso-so

I went into this one with high hopes, but honestly I'm disappointed! I really didn't connect with this on an emotional level at all--things just happened and I was barely interested. I probably wouldn't have finished if it wasn't a #booksandbrews pick honestly. Too many barely there background characters, no emotional impact, and a crazy ending left me feeling decidedly meh about the whole thing.

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JennAndrew
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Pickpick

Absolutely loved this! 😍🙌🏻 I‘m completely bewitched by Oyeyemi. It‘s so hard to describe, but she creates these damaged, beautiful women that are brittle and dangerous and compelling and I love them. We‘re maybe supposed to hate them though? I guess both, because these are tales of incredible nuance and depth. This is a Snow White story which examines motherhood and identity and ethnicity, with magic (or madness?) throughout.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

JennAndrew (The HP thing peeping out the side is my bookmark, part of a set laser cut for me by my tattooer 😄. He designed them for his son but as we got very excited about HP together, he made me some too!) 2y
Cinfhen Great review and I‘m obsessed with this book cover...it‘s stunning ✨✨✨✨✨✨ 2y
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JennAndrew
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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I‘m out and about with my 2 & 4 year old daughters. We‘ve had a delightful, busy morning and they‘ve exhausted me! 😂 Thankfully, there‘s a cafe in town with kid‘s food &, most importantly, a lovely play area. I‘m sitting beside it while they play, and I can keep an eye on them while thoroughly enjoying a rest! Queue reading & coffee- win!

AmyG I loved this book. Enjoy! 2y
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Liberty
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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#TBT to the time Tiny, the Community Bookstore cat, was dressed in feathers for the @RiverheadBooks BOY, SNOW, BIRD launch party, and he came over and begged me to help him. 😂♥️📚

Meeko93 😻😻😻❤❤ so cute 2y
LeahBergen Ohmygod! 2y
tammysue CUTE!! 😻 2y
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Puredragonstar Awe!!!! So cute!!!! 2y
SandyW Yes, he certainly looks like he wants to be rescued! 2y
booksandsympathy Poor, tortured kitty. 😹😹😻😻 2y
LitLogophile 😂😂😂 2y
BekahB HA!! That expression is everything! 😹 2y
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