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The Good Lord Bird
The Good Lord Bird | James McBride
Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for FictionSoon to be a major motion picture starring Liev Schreiber and Jaden SmithA Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Oprah Magazine Top 10 Book of the YearA magnificent new novel by the best-selling author James McBride. cover review of The New York Times Book ReviewOutrageously entertaining. USA TodayJames McBride delivers another tour de force EssenceSo imaginative, youll race to the finish. NPR.orgWildly entertaining.4-star People lead review"A boisterous, highly entertaining, altogether original novel. Washington PostFrom the bestselling author of The Color of Water and Song Yet Sung comes the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Browns antislavery crusadeand who must pass as a girl to survive.Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henrys master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave townwith Brown, who believes hes a girl.Over the ensuing months, Henrywhom Brown nicknames Little Onionconceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually Little Onion finds himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859one of the great catalysts for the Civil War.An absorbing mixture of history and imagination, and told with McBrides meticulous eye for detail and character, The Good Lord Bird is both a rousing adventure and a moving exploration of identity and survival.
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Amiable
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Rollicking tale of Henry (a.k.a. "Onion), a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown‘s antislavery crusade — and who must pass as a girl to survive the attack on Harper's Ferry. Written in a first-person narrative from Henry's point of view, the dialogue and the language are first-rate. A wonderful mixture of history and imagination, I was amused, entertained and educated.

Ruthiella Loved this one too!😍 1mo
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Halfway through . . . And this book has been mind-numbingly repetitive.
But, enter Frederick Douglass! Things are finally getting a little more interesting.

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MsLeah8417
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Palindrome
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Imaginative history, slapstick comedy, rip-roaring adventure, exploration of race and identity, delivered in Twain-like tones. On the eve of Civil War, young slave Little Onion and abolitionist John Brown meet and, before one can murmur Huckleberry Finn, they‘re on the run, careening toward calamity at Harper‘s Ferry. The book doesn‘t resolve confusion re: Brown, but Little Onion‘s narrative voice gives the abolitionist flesh and blood humanity.

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SamAnne
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One of my favorite book stores. Eugene, OR. Tsunami Books. I always visit, peruse, and buy a book when I come to town.

Lindy You tagged a wonderful, heartbreaking book. Thank for reminding me about it. 8mo
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OrangeMooseReads
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Mehso-so

Finished this while grocery shopping this morning. McBride is a fantastic story teller and I loved the idea of this story. I didn‘t love the story though. I think what bothered me the most was what felt like the over use of the N-word. I understand that for the time the story was set in that was an incredibly common word and I try to adjust my brain to that there was A LOT of that word in this book. Maybe if I‘d read instead of listened? 👇🏼

OrangeMooseReads Beyond that the ending felt abrupt and unfinished from the way that the story begins. I was surprised when it ended because none of my questions were answered about the MC from how the story started. Over all it‘s just a so-so. 9mo
MichelleScott_author I really, really didn‘t like this book. 9mo
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OrangeMooseReads
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I‘m enjoying the story but I have an issue. The N word is used so frequently in this story. I know the setting is a place and time when it was used without regard and that the story is about a black man in that time. When I‘m reading a physical book I‘m able to skip over the word but with an audio it‘s there loud and clear and there is no avoiding it. I hate that word so much. Aside from that McBride is a fantastic writer and storyteller.

DivineDiana That would bother me too! 🙁 9mo
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OrangeMooseReads
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Starting this today. Just a few minutes in and I‘m liking it. This is the first I‘ve gotten to get at a book since the few minutes Saturday.
This is my first book for #blackhistorymonth as well. This year I‘m once again reading books by black authors or about the black culture or community. I do this for 2 reasons. 1) to better educate myself and 2) to expose myself to different cultures and authors

Tamra I recall enjoying this one! 9mo
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cathysaid
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It's safely home @DarcysMom . Reading the commentary from all of you is so interesting! Thanks for such diverse and engaging reading. #LMPBC @suvata @Hooked_on_books

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DarcysMom
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cathysaid Great review! It's been many years but I recall really enjoying The Color of Water. 1y
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Hooked_on_books
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This book is terrific! Narrated by Henry/Onion, a boy liberated from slavery, it tells the story of the exploits of John Brown, a white abolitionist who fought to free slaves. Using good humor and great phrasing, McBride tells a compelling, inspiring, sad story. I‘ll definitely be reading this author again. #LMPBC

Hooked_on_books @DarcysMom I‘m so sorry for the delay in mailing this out. I got started on it late and it took longer to read than I had budgeted for it. Completely my fault. I‘ll be dropping in the mail tomorrow. 1y
DarcysMom No worries. I am excited to get it. 😄 1y
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Sharpeipup
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Barely out of my driveway and the audiobook is scratched. #fail #audiobook #roadtripreading

LiteraryinLititz Nooooooo! 1y
Sharpeipup @LiteraryinLititz That was my comment. 1y
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Hooked_on_books
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My next book for #LMPBC round 2 has arrived! I‘m excited that we all chose such different books. I really enjoyed the first two and look forward to this one.

suvata Enjoy 😊 2y
cathysaid We did choose such different books. Hope you like it! It took a few pages for me to engage but once I did I enjoyed it. 🐶 2y
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suvata
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On its way to you, @Hooked_on_books

Litsy Markup Postal Book Club
#LMPBC Round 002 - Group G:
@suvata @Hooked_on_books @DarcysMom @cathysaid

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suvata
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A historically fictional account of John Brown‘s attempt to start a slave revolt by raiding the Harpers Ferry Armory in 1859. This is one of those books that just gets better and better as it goes on.

Read as part of Litsy Markup Postal Book Club #LMPBC Round 2 Group G.
 @Hooked_on_books @DarcysMom @cathysaid

cathysaid Did it take you a while to engage, or was that just me? 2y
suvata @cathysaid The first half was slow but interesting. The second half was better in my opinion. 2y
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suvata
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#LMPBC Round 002 - Group G
@suvata @Hooked_on_books @DarcysMom @cathysaid

Starting the second book. So far, I‘m loving it.

DarcysMom Excellent! I will be starting mine this weekend. 2y
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suvata
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My April 2018 reading commitments.

Vegamon I really enjoyed surprised by joy 2y
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cathysaid
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My #LMPBC is coming your way @suvata ! Mailing tomorrow 📚

Looking forward to the book headed to my mailbox! @DarcysMom @Hooked_on_books

suvata Yay 😁 2y
suvata It arrived today! 2y
cathysaid @suvata Enjoy! 2y
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cathysaid
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Hooked_on_books I confess I have not started mine. 😳 It‘s in the stack of the next three I‘ll be reading. 2y
suvata I‘m very bad because I haven‘t started mine yet. Fortunately, it‘s a short book. It will only take a couple days to read. 2y
DarcysMom I am a little over 100 pages in. 😁 @Hooked__on__books @suvata 2y
cathysaid @DarcysMom Show off!!!! 😘 I kid. That's about where I'm at. 2y
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cathysaid
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Spoken by Henry (also mistaken as Henrietta) shortly after being abducted by the abolitionist John Brown near the beginning of the book. #Silence was probably the wisest choice at that moment. 🤐

Just started this book for #LMPBC and so far, it's certainly entertaining! @suvata @DarcysMom @Hooked_on_books

#MagicalMarch

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds good!!! 👏🏻 2y
vkois88 Definitely sounds good 2y
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cocomass
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This book really toes the line between masterful satire and WHAT THE HELL. I laughed out loud many times and other times I nearly gasped at what could be read as the trivialization of slavery (!!). Ultimately I think McBride accomplished what he set out to do, and I found the story gripping and entertaining. Definitely wouldn‘t recommend this one to everybody though. Know thyself (which also may well be the core message of The Good Lord Bird).

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cocomass
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Is this book supposed to be cracking me up? 😂

#ReadingBlackout

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suvata
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#LMPBC Round 002 - Group G UPDATED
@suvata @Hooked_on_books @DarcysMom @cathysaid

Let me know when you decide on a book and I will update my graphic. Thanks.

Hooked_on_books Will do. I‘m on vacation this week, so I won‘t be posting my choice until next week. 2y
cathysaid @Hooked_on_books Hope you're having fun! 2y
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cathysaid
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So here are my top 3 picks, listed in order of preference. However, even though The Good Lord Bird is my first pick, at 480 pages it exceeds the page limit of 400. So if you all would prefer a book that is a bit shorter, I am interested in the other two as well...no worries. Check them out and let me know your thoughts! #LMPBC @Hooked_on_books @DarcysMom @suvata

DarcysMom They all look good to me. 😁 2y
DarcysMom And I haven't read any of them. 2y
suvata All look good to me too 2y
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Hooked_on_books I don‘t mind the length at all and the tagged book looks really interesting. I have a copy of Autumn, so I‘d rather if you didn‘t choose that one. And I‘ve never read Amy Bloom, so that one works, too. 2y
cathysaid @DarcysMom @suvata @Hooked_on_books Alrighty then. I'll go with the tagged book. Looking forward to seeing what we all pick! 2y
DarcysMom @cathysaid @suvata @Hooked__on__books I will get my options posted today. 😁 2y
suvata @DarcysMom No hurry, hon. 2y
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finchhm
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Some things in this world just ain't meant to be, not in the times we want 'em to, and the heart has to hold it in this world as a remembrance, a promise for the world that's to come. There's a prize at the end of all of it, but still, that's a heavy load to bear.

RaimeyGallant Looking forward to more quotes! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you're interested. :) 2y
finchhm @RaimeyGallant thank you! I'll check out those tips! 2y
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charl08
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Enjoying the fake history side of this: supposedly story discovered in a Wilmington church. "I reckon they wouldn't make sense to the dear reader who's no doubt sitting in a warm church..."

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ElectricKatyLand
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This is a retelling of John Brown's exploits told from the perspective of a cross dressing, fast talking preadolescent. In spite of the subject (abolitionism and slavery in the 1850s), it's a caper that had me laughing out loud at times. McBride's handling of the story is masterful - the comedy doesn't lesson the seriousness of the content.

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AAmuses
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Finished my slavery literature list. The Good Lord Bird, offers historic events trough an innovative lens.

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RealBooks4ever
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#titlewithgood #aprilbookshowers Some of my favorite "good" reads! ???

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jfikkidizzle
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"Whatever he believed, he believed. It didn't matter to him whether it was really true or not. He just changed the truth till it fit him. He was a real white man."

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OhNoMersault
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I don't think this one got enough hype when it was released. It's such an oddball historical novel that portrays John Brown as a Don Quixote whacko up against impossible odds. I read it a few years back and I still chuckle at the some of the descriptions that narrative gives. Definitely more in the vein of Django than Twelve Years a Slave.

HardcoverHearts That's the very first description that made me want to read it! Thank you. 3y
vivastory What @HardcoverHearts said. Stacked! 3y
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SharonGoforth
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Went to the bookstore today because I had a $20 credit. I'm so impressed with James McBride's writing that I had to pick this up. I was also looking for books on Mussolini and/or Fascism. This was the only one they had. But it won a Pulitzer, so I'm hoping it's good. #diversebooks #overthishistory

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CarolynOliver
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. . . And then goodwill.

BibliophileMomma Love where'd you go Bernadette 3y
valeriegeary Wonderful! Nice finds! 3y
rachellayown Great finds! 3y
Well-ReadNeck Great haul!! 📚📚📚 3y
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she_barks
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This is even better the second time around! I forgot about the Frederick Douglass part 😱😵

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BookishFeminist
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James McBride!!!! I love him.

#NationalBookFestival

BookishMarginalia Looks like you're having a great time! 👍🏼 3y
TheNextBook Yes!!!! 3y
jamreads He's the best. I love seeing that I have so many bookstagram friends in my area! @BookishFeminist 3y
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BooksForYears We had to peace out before his talk 🙁 He's so great! 3y
TheLondonBookworm I'm so crazy jealous about all these amazing national book fest posts! 3y
OrangeMooseReads Jealous! 3y
BooksMcD I didn't know you were there! Next year we should plan a @Litsy meetup at #NatBookFest 3y
BookishFeminist @BookishMarginalia Yes we had an amazing time!! :) 3y
BookishFeminist @TheNextBook He was so awesome!! You would have loved his talk 3y
BookishFeminist @jamreads He is! And yes there's several of us :) we're probably going to dinner sometime, you should join us!! 3y
BookishFeminist @BooksForYears Oh no! My phone died and was going to text - wish we could've hung out longer but it was so great to meet you! 3y
BookishFeminist @TheLondonBookworm @OrangeMooseReads It was such a wonderful time :) we didn't even hit half the big name authors we wanted to 😱 they outdid themselves this year 3y
BookishFeminist @BooksMcD Yes! A few of us met up & will probably get dinner at some point- are you in the DC area or did you come from out of town?? 3y
BooksMcD @BookishFeminist I'm in Southern Maryland, so not that far from DC. If you guys ever do another meet up def keep me posted! 3y
BookishFeminist @BooksMcD Will do! We're all in Northern VA :) 3y
BooksMcD @BookishFeminist What a crazy small world! I lived in Fairfax for 6 yrs, Manassas for 2, and just moved to So. MD in Jan to be closer to work! Looking forward to meeting the NoVA Litsy crowd some day! 3y
BookishFeminist @BooksMcD Awesome! @becausetrains works in southern Maryland so it's really not that far at all :) it'll be fun! 3y
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BooksForYears
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#TBT to a few months ago when James McBride held a talk/signing at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Tonight, he'll be one of the awardees of a National Humanities Medal, for "humanizing the complexities of discussing race in America" (Nat. Endowment for the Humanities).

He's a wonderful writer and very engaging speaker. If you're going to the National Book Festival this weekend, definitely check him out!

she_barks I read this and fell in love with this book when it first came out, and I'm listening to it right now. ♥️♥️♥️ 3y
BooksForYears @she_barks 🎧👍👍 3y
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Julsmarshall
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What a tale! Listened to it on audio which made it drag a bit and I abandoned it a couple times but I'm glad I stuck with it. Glad to have a peek at such an important chapter in our nation's history especially from the perspective of an unlikely hero. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

bookwrm526 I had the same problem with this one on audio, but I made myself stick with it and I did enjoy it on the end 3y
Godmotherx5 This is on my Audible wish list. I like seeing your reviews. I know what to expect. 3y
ultrabookgeek I really enjoyed this novel - it was very funny and enlightening! 3y
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SandraD1
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Exploring different formats, part 2: Audiobooks

I have pretty bad listening comprehension because my mind wanders easily when a story's words are not right in front of me. But THIS book is audio perfection. The performance and story are excellent. I'll be sad to finish it!

BookishMarginalia I color while listening. It helps to focus my attention #audiocoloring 3y
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I've wanted to read The Good Lord Bird since hearing McBride and his band at Wordstock last year. Also stocked up on Geraldine Brooks and a few other titles at our neighborhood book sale today.

MrBook Nice stack! 3y
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Loving the audiobook!

LitHousewife I am ashamed to say I preordered this book and I still haven't read it. 3y
she_barks I loved this book! That reminds me, I really want to read His new book 3y
ultrabookgeek This book was unexpectedly hilarious. 3y
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This book walks a thin line with satire. On the mere surface, this is a funny little book about slavery and John Brown, but it's so much more than this. It demands the readers attention and willingness to dig deeper. Onion is such a layered character - as his name suggests.

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