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Blood Water Paint
Blood Water Paint | Joy McCullough
A stunning debut novel based on the true story of the iconic painter, Artemisia Gentileschi. Her mother died when she was twelve, and suddenly Artemisia Gentileschi had a stark choice: a life as a nun in a convent or a life grinding pigment for her father's paint. She chose paint. By the time she was seventeen, Artemisia did more than grind pigment. She was one of Rome's most talented painters, even if no one knew her name. But Rome in 1610 was a city where men took what they wanted from women, and in the aftermath of rape Artemisia faced another terrible choice: a life of silence or a life of truth, no matter the cost. He will not consume my every thought. I am a painter. I will paint. Joy McCullough's bold novel in verse is a portrait of an artist as a young woman, filled with the soaring highs of creative inspiration and the devastating setbacks of a system built to break her. McCullough weaves Artemisia's heartbreaking story with the stories of the ancient heroines, Susanna and Judith, who become not only the subjects of two of Artemisia's most famous paintings but sources of strength as she battles to paint a woman's timeless truth in the face of unspeakable and all-too-familiar violence. I will show you what a woman can do.
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This book was not what I was expecting and I loved it! In this book artist Artemisia Gentileschi tells her story, of becoming a painter before and after her rape. It‘s told in verse form and it‘s beautiful. Artemisia‘s voice rings loud and clear in this novelization of her life and as an art historian I can confidently say that McCullough got her facts right. Add this to your #tbr list right now if it‘s not already on there. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I really enjoyed this book. The story within a story format was interesting and well done. Being written in verse, it went rather quickly but was no less hard hitting. I didn‘t even realize it was historical until I read the Afterword. Highly recommend since it is still UNFORTUNATELY relevant in our society today. It does involve sensitive issues though.

MallenNC I read this last summer and still think about it. I don't usually read verse novels but I liked this. 1mo
gibblr @MallenNC I was on the fence about checking it out of the library and def did not expect to love it this much! 1mo
sprainedbrain This book was so good! 💔 1mo
Tamra Such a wonderful (tragic) story and eye opening! (edited) 1mo
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SarahBradley
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Intriguing story told in verse from perspective of famous artist Artemesia Gentileschi. Art history meets rape culture in 17th century Rome. While her voice might be awkwardly modern, the author does portray events with a keen accuracy.

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A beautiful, creative portrayal of the painter Artemisia Gentileschi as a young woman in 1610. Told part in prose and part in free verse, it is a powerful little story and very original in structure. My first 5 star book of the year. 👩‍🎨

Tamra I loved this too! 4mo
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Joy McCullough's Blood Water Paint is stunning. Told (mostly) in verse, this novel focuses on Artemesia Gentileschi, a painting apprentice during the Renaissance in Italy . . . who really is the painter who makes a living for her family. McCullough focuses here on women: on Artemesia; on her mother (who speaks to her in prose with advice to help her survive the challenges she knows she will face because of her gender; ⠀ (continued in comments)

Unabridged on Judith and Susanna from the Bible, women who must develop their identities in the face of prejudice and harassment and peril based solely on their gender. I can't tell you how entranced I was by the way McCullough wove together these stories, with each illuminating the other and revealing the strength at the center of each woman. Gorgeous, inspiring, thought-provoking book. 4mo
readingjedi Great review! Thanks 🙂 4mo
MellieAntoinette Cannot wait to read this one! 4mo
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Unabridged @readingjedi ❤️📚 4mo
Unabridged @MellieAntoinette It‘s so good!!! I‘d love to know what you think. 😀 4mo
MellieAntoinette @Unabridged I bought for the cover and the Artemisia Gentilleschi slant. I love Gentilleschi - one of those minor characters in history who has such a powerful story. Moving this up on my #tbr!! 4mo
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This book is absolutely gorgeous. Written in verse, it‘s a fictionalized account of the real life of 17th century painter Artemisia Gentileschi, woven together beautifully with the stories of two ancient heroines. It‘s about a rape and a woman who came forward, but it‘s also about strength, telling our stories, and believing women. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I likely won‘t get to the other #NewYearWhoDis books (dang holds), but I have really enjoyed this! ❤️

sprainedbrain @VeganCleopatra Thank you so much for sharing your list with me! I truly enjoyed the books I read and I‘m glad you put them on my radar and/or inspired me to move them up my TBR. I‘m sorry that my picks didn‘t work for you. 🙁 Thanks @monalyisha for organizing this... your events are always so fun! 5mo
monalyisha Oh! Definitely adding this to my TBR. I‘m happy you enjoyed the event! Thanks for joining & playing along! I‘ve enjoyed your reviews. 😊 5mo
BekahB This has been on my TBR since it was released. I love Gentileschi‘s paintings. 😀 5mo
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BookBabe Yesssss!!!!! 🙌🏻❤️🎨 5mo
Tamra It is beautiful. 💜 5mo
Becker I love the sound of this. Thanks 5mo
BookishTrish I LOVE THIS BOOK 5mo
mrp27 Loved this book. 5mo
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If there was only one award I could give out this year, and it's currently January, I would give it to Blood Water Paint. Joy McClough has done a great service to Artemisia Gentileschi with this story. My heart still aches.

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This passage is exactly what you see/feel when comparing Artemisia Gentileschi's version of Susanna and the Elders with male artists before and after her.

I can't get over how good this book is so far. I hesitated when I learned it was in verse and billed as YA, but I'm so glad my interest overruled my initial concerns. Verse is perfect. And while the protagonist is YA in the story, this is not at all typical of the YA genre.

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Talk about the depressing realization that women have been enduring the same experiences for a really long goddamn time.

This book is amazing. I learned so much about a female artist who lived hundreds of years before me, as well as stories of women from either further back I wasn‘t familiar with. This story is universal. I always value a reminder that there have been plenty of strong, brave women who came before me. I hope to be like them.

Saknicole 🙌 5mo
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“The world will tell you not to be outraged, love. They will tell you to sit quietly, be kind. Be a lady.

And when they do? Be Judith instead.”

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Tamra
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Amazing bit of art history! McCullough beautifully paints a portrait of Artemisia Gentileschi in verse and also manages to weave in biblical heroines Susanna and Judith. I knew nothing about Artemisia and now I‘m intrigued.

Labeling this YA means many readers who would otherwise enjoy McCullough‘s obvious labor of love will miss out. What constitutes “YA?” 🤔

Trigger warning for rape, but nonetheless is a testament to the power of women.

RachelO That sounds good! 6mo
taraWritesSci I love that this book exists! I'm essentially uncultured when it comes to visual artists of old, but Artemisia Gentileschi is one whose work resonates. She painted masterpieces at 16 so I can see why a YA label, but I agree that it probably turns people off. I'm one of those who'd likely skip if I didn't know who it was about. 😬 6mo
Tamra @taraWritesSci aside from the MC being 17, it‘s a very “adult” retelling. 😄 I wish the publisher would have included at least one reproduction of her paintings - but thank the gods for Google! 6mo
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Tamra
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I started to listen to this on audio and then decided I need it on paper. It‘s quite good and I feel like verse, because each word is so carefully chosen and meaningful, needs a slower more reflective read. I am looking forward to it!

mrp27 We read this for YA book club and we all really liked it, it's a good one. 6mo
Tamra @mrp27 👍🏾👍🏾 6mo
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sprainedbrain
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I‘m really excited about my #NewYearWhoDis reading list from @VeganCleopatra 😃

There were 12 on the list, but I‘ve read Circe (it was on my top books list, too)... here are the other 11. I either already have each of these or can get it from the library, so I‘m hoping to read them all in January.

LauraJ I love my list too and already started because I know I won‘t get to them all in January. 6mo
sprainedbrain @LauraJ I would do that, too, if I weren‘t frantically trying to finish up my Popsugar and Litsy Bingo challenges for 2018. 😓 😂 6mo
VeganCleopatra They look so nice laid out like that. I too would start my list now but Christmas is making reading difficult aside from audiobooks. Sigh. 6mo
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sprainedbrain @VeganCleopatra This is such a busy time of year! Which one of these would you recommend I read first? 6mo
monalyisha Especially looking forward to your reviews of “The Highland Witch”, “The Indigo Girl”, & “Blood Water Paint”! 6mo
VeganCleopatra Hmm. If NF I'd say In Pieces, HF The Highland Witch and if more whimsical, Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance perhaps. 🤔 6mo
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BookishTrish
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Written with verse and every word counts. An incredible achievement. It‘s even more incredible to think this is the author‘s 10th novel and 1st published novel.

LA_Mead I can believe that there were other novels first—it seems like most writers I talk to wrote a few books before one got published! 7mo
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This book is worth waking up early for.

VeganCleopatra This was one of my favorites this year. 7mo
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Short and mighty and all at once a gripping and devastating portrait of the heroic female painter, Artemisia Gentileschi, as well as a sickening reminder of last week. As an art history major I was sentimental revisiting the paintings described, empowered by the new meaning of them in the book, and outraged during the rape trial; unsurprised at the high price this woman paid for the scandal. Her boldness & refusal to give up gave me hope: a gift.

sprainedbrain This looks so good... and what a gorgeous cover. ❤️ 9mo
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I actually listened to this audiobook twice. There was a lot of nuance and detail which passed by me the first time. A based on a true story of an artist it shows that times may change but the way society treats women has not.

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Meghan1
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Loving my current read!

MallenNC I loved this one! 11mo
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kamoorephoto
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I haven‘t done one of these lately so we shall if anyone is out there...although I am a bit late! @SilversReviews #TuesdayTidbits
1. Lying in bed, 1am Seattle (just about where I am 1/2 the day)
2. I‘ve been reading the tagged book but it was getting a bit intense so I stopped for a bit of Captain Marvel
3. I read a lot of early review copies so it depends on release date, then I have my postal book clubs; occasionally I get to read on a whim

SilversReviews Thanks for playing. 😊 I choose by review copies too. 11mo
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The world will tell you not to be outraged, love. They will tell you to sit quietly, be kind. Be a lady.
And when they do? Be Judith instead.

I could list a dozen more quotes like this that spoke to me. It's remarkable how a book that takes place over 400 years ago is so applicable to 2018. I just wish I'd read it before I visited Rome last month. I would've looked at the art very differently. #ya #bookclub #teachersoflitsy #weneeddiversebooks

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bookloaner
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I've read 100 books so far in 2018 and that made this #TopTenTuesday list really hard to narrow down. Here are my favorite reads of 2018 so far

https://bookloaner.wordpress.com/2018/07/09/top-ten-tuesday-best-books-ive-read-...

LiteraryinLititz This is a great post! Thanks! It made me especially want to borrow The Astonishing Color of After and Girl Made of Stars. (edited) 11mo
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Kelly
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May in reading stats.

TrishB Great stats 👍🏻 13mo
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While this YA book takes some liberties, I felt it managed to tell an impactful story about Italian Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi, the rape she endured at the hands of her teacher Agostino Tassi, and his trial after in which she played a major part. I enjoyed the use of verse in this book. And I liked how McCullough used the Biblical characters of Susanna and Judith to comfort and motivate Artemisia during her ordeal.

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"When a woman risks/ her place, her very life to speak/ a truth the world despises?/ Believe her. Always."

A story that took place hundreds of years ago unfortunately still rings very true today. I wasn't sure how I would like this, since it is mostly written in verse, but the spare writing makes it more powerful. Though I do still want to learn more about Artemesia Gentileschi. Before reading this I only knew the outline of her story.

Chrissyreadit History Chicks have a great podcast episode about her. 13mo
MallenNC @Chrissyreadit Thank you for that tip! I'd love to follow this up with a podcast 13mo
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MallenNC
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Next up is this novel in verse about artist Artemisia Gentileschi. I‘ve heard great things about it and I love stories of women from history. #13inThree @Samplergal

Samplergal I have never heard of this book. Let us know your thoughts. 13mo
MallenNC @Samplergal I will! I think I heard about it from @kelly Jensen of BookRiot. 13mo
Kelly It's so good. Soooo good. 13mo
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Women who speak truth.
And listen to me, love.
When a woman risks
her place, her very life to speak
a truth the world despises?
Believe her. Always.

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Iceangel9
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Wow! What an excellent book!

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Kelly
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Everyone told me to read it so I am. And I'm not sad about it. Bummer the cover doesn't photograph well outside.

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#fbf to the awesomeness that I got for registering early for Booklist's "Feminist Reads" webinar in March. It included a wonderful interview with Joy McCullough about her debut novel, "Blood Water Paint". I'm excited to read "Roses and Radicals", about the extraordinarily brave suffragettes who risked so much. I can stash all of my swag in the adorable bag for Chelsea Clinton's latest children's book "She Persisted Around the World". #galleys

ErikaB I received this right after my trip to "Hamilton", so I may have become a bit emotional when I flipped the bag over and saw the tagline "Speak up. Rise up. Dream big." 14mo
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Have heard nothing but great things about the feminist novel-in-verse #bloodwaterpaint by #joyMcCullough #ya #feminist #nationalpoetrymonth

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I‘ve read great praise for this novel in verse, so I‘m hoping for the best. was a little played out with verse novels and girl power stories, but I think this particular book is the perfect choice to jump back in 🤓❤️📚

#books #reading #booknerd #booklover #bookworm #bibliophile #bookish #yalit #read #bookaholic #bookaddict #newbooks #librarian #booknerdigans

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This really beautiful book is a fictionalization of the life of 17th century painter Artemisia Gentileschi, the rape by her teacher, and the trial that followed. She is buoyed by the stories of the ancient heroines, Susanna and Judith, that were told to her by her mother before her death. At heart, this book is about a woman‘s struggle to be heard, to be seen, and to be believed. This is a YA novel written in verse, but feels more mature than that

shaynarae I‘m about to start Artemisia by Alexandra Lapierre. Have you read that one too? I‘m curious to hear how the two books compare 1y
Redwritinghood @shaynarae I haven‘t. Will have to check it out. Thanks! 1y
batsy Nice review. I want to read more about Gentileschi and I love art in books so this is added to the pile! I loved the film Artemisia and recommend it if you want to watch something about her. 1y
Redwritinghood @batsy Thanks! Will have to see if I can find that movie too. 1y
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Branwen
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This book...its so beautiful and heartbreaking. 🌠

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RedPenGal
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“I can cover the flaws
in his talent,
but I can do nothing
for the flaws
in his perception.”

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emtobiasz
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Out tomorrow is this #ya novel-in-verse about Renaissance painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Of course, it's also a story about gender, the roles women have historically been allowed to play, who is given agency over their bodies, and who is allowed to imagine their stories. Content warnings for sexual assault and victim blaming, but these issues are very thoughtfully handled and addressed. #netgalley #poetry

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bookloaner
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One of my favorite books of the year is coming out tomorrow. It's the most powerful and feminist book I've ever read and I know I'll be reading it again and again.

My full review is on the blog https://bookloaner.wordpress.com/2018/03/05/book-review-blood-water-paint-by-joy...

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mdemanatee
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So far this is as lyrical, beautiful, and powerful as it has been hyped to be. I‘m gonna get ahead of myself and say this is one to jump on Tuesday.

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I am absolutely blown away. This feminist novel-in-verse imagines a teen Artemisia Gentileschi, one of the most famous female painters in history and a rape survivor who refuses to allow the truth to be silenced. Raw and unflinching, McCullough doesn‘t shy away from exploring the limits of a woman‘s power—what we are given and what we demand. It is a masterclass in crafting an emotional, impactful, stunning story with just a few chosen words.

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Finally had a chance to do my monthly reading wrap up. I read 18 books in January and my favorites were Blood Water Paint and Nothing Left to Burn! What was your favorite read of the month?

Here's my full wrap up https://bookloaner.wordpress.com/2018/02/02/been-there-read-that-january-2018/

DaviBooktrovert Nyxia by Scott Reintgen 1y
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LibrarianRyan
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Screams adult. Very reminiscent of Girl in Cabin 10, woman in the window, gone girl, etc.

March 6

#CoverLove #YAedition

kamoorephoto I need this one, badly. 1y
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bookloaner
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Book 3 of 2018 and I'm already thinking this might be my favorite book of the year? It's a stunning, fierce, feminist, historical YA fiction novel that brings Artemisia Gentileschi to life. I am just blown away by this debut!

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Liberty
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Evening reading. Bracing myself for a lot of feels. 🎨💦

BookBabe Omg. This is going on my must-read-ASAP-TBR! 😱🎨👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
niha923 This looks fabbbb 1y
born_escapist Title sounds awesome. ✌️ 1y
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I hope you have all had a wonderful, happy day and if not, I hope you're able to find some escape in books ❤ I'm planning on reading near the tree for the rest of the night 🎄

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Her mother died when she was 12, and suddenly Artemisia had a choice: life as a nun in a convent or a life grinding pigment for her father's paint.

She chose paint.

Artemisia did more than grind pigment. She was one of Rome's most talented painters. Rome in 1610 was a city where men took what they wanted from women, in the aftermath of rape Artemisia faced another terrible choice: a life of silence or a life of truth, no matter the cost.

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LibrarianRyan
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It's Friday, I'm board and sick of making calls. Hat means it's time for #coverlove #YAedition for September. First up. Isn't this gorgeous!! March 2018

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