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Speak No Evil
Speak No Evil | Uzodinma Iweala
"A lovely slender volume that packs in entire worlds with complete mastery. Speak No Evil explains so much about our times and yet is never anything less than a scintillating, page-turning read."Gary Shteyngart "A wrenching, tightly woven story about many kinds of love and many kinds of violence. Speak No Evil probes deeply but also with compassion the cruelties of a loving home. Iwealas characters confront you in close-up, as viscerally, bodily alive as any in contemporary fiction."Larissa MacFarquhar In the long-anticipated novel from the author of the critically acclaimed Beasts of No Nation, a revelation shared between two privileged teenagers from very different backgrounds sets off a chain of events with devastating consequences. On the surface, Niru leads a charmed life. Raised by two attentive parents in Washington, D.C., hes a top student and a track star at his prestigious private high school. Bound for Harvard in the fall, his prospects are bright. But Niru has a painful secret: he is queeran abominable sin to his conservative Nigerian parents. No one knows except Meredith, his best friend, the daughter of prominent Washington insidersand the one person who seems not to judge him. When his father accidentally discovers Niru is gay, the fallout is brutal and swift. Coping with troubles of her own, however, Meredith finds that she has little left emotionally to offer him. As the two friends struggle to reconcile their desires against the expectations and institutions that seek to define them, they find themselves speeding toward a future more violent and senseless than they can imagine. Neither will escape unscathed. In the tradition of Junot Diazs The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichies Americanah, Speak No Evil explores what it means to be different in a fundamentally conformist society and how that difference plays out in our inner and outer struggles. It is a novel about the power of words and self-identification, about who gets to speak and who has the power to speak for other people. As heart-wrenching and timely as his breakout debut, Beasts of No Nation, Uzodinma Iwealas second novel cuts to the core of our humanity and leaves us reeling in its wake.
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kgriffith
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One of the ongoing assignments for my creative writing class is to bring in an index card each week with one sentence that we found striking in some way, whether read or heard, from some form of media.
This one reminds me so much of one root of dissonance between generations in the queer community, but it is reversed for me: pride in protection, frustration with complacency.

kgriffith “OJ says our father lives somewhere between the self-satisfaction that his success has made us soft, and disgust that we are unacquainted with the brutal intensity of a world that he has effectively tamed for us.” 2d
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brandybear22
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I finished this book, yay, not behind on book club reading (last month I didn‘t finish the book before we discussed it). I was enjoying the book but it was kind of like eh, and then suddenly it was like a rock just dropped out of the sky and smashed a car, kind of like this statue that I saw in DC. I had predicted a different ending and I didn‘t see it coming 🤷🏻‍♂️

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brandybear22
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What! I totally read almost half of this today, my quick flight ✈️. Damned if I don‘t finish the book before book club. Also damn, lots of memories and my own history coming up. But now, at the hotel pool...

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kgriffith
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“Adam is super practical about everything. He‘s the kind of person who always parks his car in the direction of his house, so he doesn‘t waste extra time when leaving for home.” #queerbookclub #audiobooking

brandybear22 I kind of do that, at least backing in and things. I just thought it was a lesbian thing. Maybe Adam is a lesbian. I‘ll bet they drive a Subaru. Practical AF 3w
brandybear22 I just responded before I realized that you tagged me, probably because you know I‘m like this and it is tres sexy 3w
kgriffith @brandybear22 Correct. 😉😘 3w
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brandybear22
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I think I accidentally picked the book for book club this month, when I wasn‘t even there, LOL. But it came in the mail today, and I‘m not really upset a bit that I ordered the large print (which I think I did on accident but I may have just done on a whim). I think it will be much easier on my eyes for night reading. Oh being practical as an adult! Looking forward to the reading!

kgriffith You sure did 😋 3w
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Cinfhen
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#AyUpAugust This book was gifted to me by the fabulous @Hooked_on_books and I can‘t wait to read it!! The cover made me think of a rainbow, and the subject matter made me think of #PRIDE 🏳️‍🌈which led me to today‘s prompt #ChasingRainbows 🌈🌈🌈

Jennick2004 Gorgeous! 4w
Lola This cover always catches my eye. 4w
bromeliad Paint smears have been a popular book cover in the last year or two and I kinda wanna buy all of them and put them on display as art 😅 4w
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BarbaraBB It‘s a good one, imo! 4w
squirrelbrain Lovely cover, and the book sounds good too... stacked! 4w
Cinfhen Glad to hear @BarbaraBB and this cover is definitely #EyeCandy 🤩😍🤩 @Jennick2004 @Lola @bromeliad @squirrelbrain 4w
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Hooked_on_books
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Niru realizes he is gay and is horrified—because his conservative, Nigerian-born parents think homosexuality is abomination. They inevitably find out and this book looks at the fallout. This book gutted me, but I do wonder if the author tried to do just a little too much in just over 200 pages.

Backdrop: the needed levity of dog yoga, pose 2 (#Bindi)

Beatlefan129 My greyhounds love to lay like that and air it all out! 2mo
monalyisha It looks like your pup is doing an impression of the cover art! 2mo
Hooked_on_books @monalyisha My husband said the same thing! Maybe she‘s more creative than I thought. 🤔 2mo
Soubhiville Haha, that‘s Sietje‘s favorite position too 🤣 2mo
AlaMich That dog needs to loosen up a little! 🐶❤️ 2mo
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MsLeah8417
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MsLeah8417
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teddysj3789
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A touching story, beautifully-written words and strong characters make this book a good pick for young adult reading. It explores the coming of age story of a gay boy with cultural background and context of America.

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BeaG
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Amazing! Beautiful written story about teenagers dealing with school, love and family. Heart wrenching.

megnews Love that cover. 3mo
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CandiReadsBooks
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Speak No Evil is a phenomenal story that touches on class, race, religion and sex. It would seem that Niru is your perfect child — excelling in school, sports and even earned acceptance to Harvard. Niru‘s stressors increase as he deals with the aftermath of his father‘s anger at the discovery that he is gay. The novel is heartbreaking and the ending left me blown away and speechless.

PS. Fuck Meredith for reals. #FuckMeredithWithAHugeBlackDildo

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suvata
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Thought provoking story about a high-schooler named Niru. Niru goes to a prestigious private school in the D.C. area and is headed to Harvard. He comes from a wealthy, ultra-religious, Nigerian family who are in great conflict because Niru believes that he might be gay. The author gives fair treatment to the subject matter. Oh, the family drama — it‘s heart breaking.

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Redwritinghood
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The writing was good here, but the structure of the story needed work. The first part dealt with the son of successful immigrants coming to terms with his sexuality. The second part abruptly changed focus to race relations in the US. The stories were related, but the focus was different in each. Either story on its own would have been great, but I didn‘t like the abrupt switch between them. #Hoopla

mklong Couldn‘t agree more Jerrie! 6mo
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BarbaraBB
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Finally! Today the #ToB2019 starts with its play-in round. Which of these three should enter the Tournament do you think? I only read the tagged book and think it deserves a chance but I‘ve also heard good (and less good) things about the others. Exciting times ahead!

https://themorningnews.org/tob/

Emilymdxn I‘m all for A Terrible Country here but I saw it getting mixed reviews 7mo
batsy I've only read America Is Not the Heart but it's brilliant! And should get in. That's my totally objective take 😂 7mo
BarbaraBB @batsy @Emilymdxn So three different votes! Love it! I do know now that I need to read both books, since you say so! 😘 7mo
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BarbaraBB @batsy Yours is the winner! 7mo
Mindyrecycles Another for Terrible Country but I see my hopes were in vain. All three were worthy of advancing, though, I thought. (edited) 7mo
batsy Ooh, yay! 🥰 7mo
BarbaraBB Great review on the ToB website (of all three books by the way)! 7mo
Jason7 I really liked A Terrible Country, so I‘ll have to read the one that beat it. 7mo
Rachel_nyc I liked all 3 so this was a tough call but I went with America is Not The Heart which I think is a worthy winner. Excited to see how the rest of the tournament plays out!! 7mo
thebluestocking I‘m pumped! I didn‘t read any of these, but I liked the judgment. 7mo
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UnabridgedPod
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Uzodinma Iweala's book focuses on two protagonists: Niru, the son of a Nigerian immigrant who has just come out to his best friend, Meredith. Their friendship transforms as each deals with the aftermath of Niru's revelation. Niru's parents do not accept his homosexuality, and Meredith struggles with how best to be Niru's friend. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod Though I wish I understood their friendship more, the novel is powerful as it confronts Niru's attempts to deal with others' expectations, with how to be a son, a brother, and a friend. The writing is powerful and, with the structure, serves to reinforce the irretrievable nature of the past. 7mo
TheNerdyProfessor This one is sitting on my shelf! I may move it to the front of the line of my TBR list! 7mo
UnabridgedPod @TheNerdyProfessor I really liked it...and it‘s SUCH a fast read! 7mo
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BarbaraBB
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#FebruaryStats #FebruaryWrapUp

In February I have read 12 books, 4 of which were almost 5 ⭐️ for me. These are the ones pictured above.

Also I‘m still on track with my challenges (#Booked2019, #Pop2019, #ATY2019 and #ReadingUSA2019) and I covered 14 books of the 18 shortlisted for the #ToB2019.

In short, a very good month for me!

TrishB Cool 👍🏻 7mo
Kalalalatja You go! 🙌 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm Indeed! 👍 7mo
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Cinfhen Yay!!!! 🙌🏻💕 7mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Nice job! 📖💖 7mo
thebluestocking Ooh. Another #tob winner. That‘s awesome. ❤️ 7mo
Liz_M Impressive! 7mo
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amyf0x
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As Niru navigates his last year of high school, his bright Harvard future, and his Nigerian parents‘ dismay over his sexuality, his best friend Meredith struggles with loving him and the thought of losing him.

Read February 17-24
Book 12/55

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kwmg40
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Almost at 9 hours for the #24B4Monday readathon. This #TournamentOfBooks #ToB2019 selection was a good fit for the #BlackHistoryMonth theme. It‘s a powerful coming-of-age and coming-out story.

@Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid

Andrew65 A great time so far, well done. 👍🙌😊 7mo
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BarbaraBB
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This was an emotional read about a talented black student in Washington DC, on the verge of graduation, going to Harvard and coming out. Then everything changes. It‘s a short novel but one with a huge impact.

#ToB2019 14/18

JennyM Your holiday looks so good...beautiful backdrop 😘 7mo
KatieMiller Love the picture! Where is that? 7mo
BarbaraBB @KatieMiller This is Curacao, in the Caribbean 😍🌴☀️ 7mo
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Rachel_nyc I really liked this one too and I love the cover of yours! Also loving your vacay photos! 😍 7mo
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc I don‘t understand the cover though. The sea is not mentioned in the book, is it? My vacation is great. Almost over unfortunately! 7mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB 🤣No the cover makes no sense which is probably why I‘ve never seen it elsewhere. Is that an ARC? 7mo
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc I think it‘s the UK edition but I‘m not sure. It‘s a paperback ordered from BookDepository. 7mo
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kwmg40
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I‘m starting with this one for the #24B4Monday Readathon!

#ToB2019 #TournamentOfBooks

@TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

Andrew65 Good luck with this book and the Readathon. 😊👍 7mo
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Lindy
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For the first part of this #audiobook set in contemporary, wealthy Washington DC, I was wondering if I needed to listen to another story about a white teen girl in love with her Black best friend, who then tells her that he‘s gay. That the guy‘s religious Nigerian immigrant father is not ok with his son‘s gayness is also a little old. A certain scene, however, snapped me to attention & then kept me riveted. This book begs bookclub discussion.

Lindy Note: the excellent audiobook narration is by Prentice Onayemi and Julia Whelan. 7mo
GirlNamedJesse Julia Whelan is one of my go-to narrators! Everything she does is great. 😊 7mo
Lindy @GirlNamedJesse 👍I like her too. A couple of hers that I‘ve loved recently are My Year of Rest and Relaxation and 7mo
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BarbaraBB What scène are you referring to? 7mo
Lindy @BarbaraBB Niru and Meredith fighting outside of the club. Up until that point, the story seemed too much like stories I‘d heard before, even with the difference of a gay son in a strict Nigerian family. (edited) 7mo
BarbaraBB Yes that was an unexpected twist. Shocking too. And then what happened afterwards made it definitely worth reading! 7mo
Lindy @BarbaraBB 👍👍 7mo
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I'm late, the kind of late that suggests I have no regard for the emotional health of my Nigerian parents who probably think I've been kidnapped by the enemies of progress.

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Emilymdxn
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How do you rate a complex, original and well written book that you powerfully didn‘t want or need to read? This was incredible on every objective level, but I‘ve read so many novels about miserable queer people unable to come out and the repressive worlds they live in, I don‘t know if I need to read another book that‘s a pen portrait of a damaged queer person and their world as long as I live. But that‘s my personal needs, not the book‘s quality

bookishkris I felt that way about this book, too. I understand why it got good reviews: the quality of the storytelling and the diverse characters. But I wonder how many of the reviewers were queer themselves? Because I really thought we were getting past the kill your gays trope. Sigh. I‘m glad I‘m not the only one who didn‘t love this. 8mo
Emilymdxn @bookishkris I totally agree. I think I‘d have loved this book if I hadn‘t already read a thousand books portraying queerness the same way. I do think it was more complex than most of the kill your gays books, if I was throwing out 1000 of them I might keep this one, but I don‘t need more death and self hatred, it‘s never served, nourished, entertained or educated me. (edited) 8mo
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Emilymdxn
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“I ain‘t nobody‘s sickness.”

I‘ve dated girls too scared to tell anyone about me and I never knew how to put into words how horrible it made me feel. Even knowing someone couldn‘t come out for their own reasons, I didn‘t know how to put into words that I couldn‘t let myself be something someone was scared or ashamed of, even when they had their own good reasons for not coming out. This line came so suddenly in this book and made me feel so much

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Emilymdxn
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Truly horrible Monday today. It‘s pissing down and the wind is freezing, I‘ve got a full work day and a gig in Camden which will mean I get waaay less sleep than I‘d like tonight.

I‘m trying not to focus on the commute, I‘m making a proper start on Speak No Evil for #tob2019 and trying to imagine being anywhere else

Louise Stay warm! Wishing you a nice, hot drink along the way. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate. . . 8mo
julesG Stay warm! And dry! Enjoy Camden, although it means a short night. 8mo
GatheringBooks sending you singapore‘s eternal sunshine! 🧚🏼‍♀️💕📚 8mo
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TrishB Never makes Monday any easier does it. 8mo
Samplergal Sending you some south Florida sunshine to make it better. 8mo
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RidgewayGirl
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What‘s with these colorful, but unimaginative covers, publishers? They say nothing of the story and don‘t even try to lure the reader in. The tagged book is too good to deserve this treatment. I‘m about to start the other.

Chrissyreadit You are right- I do not like those covers- unless it‘s a children‘s story about colors.... 8mo
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Mindyrecycles
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GingerAntics True!!! I tried making a relationship like this work, it ended badly. Readers definitely need to be with readers. 8mo
HufflepuffGirl90 Very true. Us bookworms need to be with other bookworms. Simple fact of life. 8mo
LauraBeth @GingerAntics and @HufflepuffGirl90 I did manage to marry a non-reader. We‘ve been married almost 20 years, so it worked out! Prior to him, I dated readers but they were all aholes for some reason. He was kind - so I went with that over being a reader. The ideal would have been kindness AND a reader - I just never found it (and I looked for it until I was 30 😂). 8mo
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TheSpineView My husband's idea of reading is a car magazine or technical manual in the bathroom!🤣 He gets that I HAVE to read! It has worked out just fine! 8mo
PagesByTheWater My husband is definitely not a reader like me, or a bookworm. But he‘s definitely wiser, more intelligent, than I. And he DOES read, just random articles that catch his fancy. 8mo
GingerAntics @LauraBeth yeah, kindness and lack of assholery are very important. 8mo
Linear Funny enough, I met my husband in a BN but our book love isnt even apart of our relationship. His books hurt my soul, their all paper backs with broken spines and in some cases, missing covers. His bookshelf is hidden in our room lol hes a toilet reader 8mo
Mindyrecycles Some people don't read, and that is okay. I thought this was funny but there is also the sense of an immediate disdain/dismissal of reading that indeed comes off as a conversation and date ender! However my son is not a reader despite my best efforts, and I still like him very much. His long time girlfriend is quite a reader. I agree that kindness and curiosity and other qualities can overcome the non-reading handicap. LOL 8mo
Mindyrecycles My husband doesn't sing, but he appreciates my singing and knows I HAVE to do it, so there's a parallel there. He does read, but we hardly ever read the same books so it's very exciting when we do! Gone Girl and Bird Box both made that cut. 8mo
GingerAntics I‘ll agree some things can overcome not being a reader. A complete disdain is where the problem come in, I think. I see a lot of disdain for reading now, honestly. Next time my creeper comes around I should tell him I don‘t date guys who don‘t read. 8mo
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Several issues are covered in here. The coming out of a young man, religion as a “cure” for homosexuality, race relations, and the steering your own future away from your parents. Some of the writing is superb but the overall story could use some tweaking. #ToB #ToB2019

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RealBooks4ever
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Currently reading the books that interest me that are included in the #TournamentOfBooks2019 #ToB2019 This one is up next!

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BkClubCare
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#tob2019 #audiobook This is a new delivery method for me; need to figure out how to speed it up. #librarybook

xicanti If you're reading through Overdrive or Libby, there should be a little icon that looks like a speedometer. Tap it a couple of times and the book'll speed up! 9mo
BkClubCare @xicanti - found it! THANKS and Merry Christmas!🎄 9mo
thebluestocking You are on a #ToB roll! 8mo
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BkClubCare @thebluestocking - not really. Taking me for. Ev.er to read Milkman. Hoping Parking Lot Attendant is faster! Plus, library books give me only 2 weeks 8mo
thebluestocking @BkClubCare Two weeks is fast! I get three weeks and that seems to just blow by. I‘m taking forever to read The Overstory. So. Long. Though I cheated on it today and read So Lucky. It was very short and pretty good. Have you read it yet? 8mo
BkClubCare @thebluestocking Not yet! But you have inspired me to put this phone down and read at least a few more pages of Pkg Lot Attendant. 8mo
thebluestocking @BkClubCare Good for you! I‘m still struggling with The Overstory at just a 1/3 of the way through. 😬 If you don‘t have access to a copy, I‘d be happy to pass along my copy of So Lucky. 8mo
BkClubCare Oh! Oh! Yes, that would be incredible. What can I get you in this exchange? Have you read Milkman? 8mo
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bookandcat
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TOURNAMENT OF BOOKS 2019 SHORTLIST IS OUT! So many books for me to read, though I have read some on the list already. It's March Madness for books! #tob #tournamentofbooks #tob2019
To see books, judges, or vote for what book should stay in the Zombie round (aka come back from the dead if knocked out), go to:
https://themorningnews.org/article/the-2019-tournament-of-books-shortlist-and-ju...

Crazeedi Looks amazing! 9mo
Lindy Thanks for posting the link because I hadn‘t yet voted in the zombie poll. 👍 9mo
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bookandcat
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Wow wow wow wow wow. 5/5
If you liked this, you may like Under the Udala Trees or The Hate U Give (or vice versa)

Crazeedi ❤this cover! 12mo
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Caterina
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Play hard, read hard, nap hard. #beachlife #dogsoflitsy

Bostonmomx2 Boston ❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
BekahPat We having matching dogs!!!! My heart belongs to my Boston‘s. 13mo
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Caterina
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This book just socked me in the gut by chapter two, right at the start of my #beachreading. Have a feeling it‘s going to be heartbreaking...

britt_brooke Nice view!! 13mo
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cariashley
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A heartbreaking, difficult read. It was definitely flawed and I didn‘t love how it ended, but the writing was beautiful. I finished this last night and it made me even more depressed than I already was from the SCOTUS news. And now it‘s a dreary, rainy day, of course😒

Chrissyreadit Yes. I was wondering if any one else feels sick about SCOTUS. I‘m terrified. 1y
cariashley @Chrissyreadit me too. It‘s like every day is more terrifying that the last. 1y
Kitta Terrified about #SCOTUS too, I‘m on an immigrant visa so I can‘t vote. Really hoping for some positive change soon 1y
cariashley @Kitta 😞 well I‘ll be voting and donating and raising my voice on your behalf, for what it‘s worth! 1y
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‪Basically, Uzodinma Iweala owes me for the window i just had to fling this book through plus one million in emotional damages. #AmReading Speak No Evil. Just finished it and I‘m ⚰️‬

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Quippe
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Uzodinma Iweala‘s literary novel has a powerful opening third with Iweala carefully constructing the pressures that Niru feels as a black student in a predominantly white school contrasted with the expectations of his religious, high-achieving parents but the story loses intensity and becomes repetitive when Niru returns to America while the final third, where the focus switches to Meredith left too many unanswered questions to be satisfying.

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collegecatlady
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This slim volume felt like it packaged too much into this small space. It‘s hard to discuss why I didn‘t like this one very much without spoilers. I expected more and was really excited to read this but it let me down.

Quippe I agree with you. It felt like the author had 2 points that he wanted to make, which made the ending seem very heavy handed to me. 1y
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lidianams
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For those who lack voice...

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ReviewsMayVary
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‪I returned two books to the library because i really had too many. I checked out 4 different ones. That‘s library math. ‬

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krismlars
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It took me 6 weeks to finish, but it was not the book's fault. Life has thrown some curve balls my way, and reading took a backseat in May. BUT I was happily able to finish 3 books over this Memorial weekend. This book was by far the most difficult for me to digest. I don't want to give anything away, but this short novel packed a punch or two. Heartbreaking.

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Kelly
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Hammock reading was shorter than normal since it's 95 degrees but it did happen.

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spinesvines
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#Rose on #Humpday & a 🍷🍷🍷🍷Cheers read. A heartbreaking story of a young black male struggling w/his sexuality, friendships as well as existing in his community & a strict privileged Nigerian family. This was an intense read focusing on gender and racial politics. I was quite angry during the second half. However, I loved that the story was told from two perspectives Niru,a young black man and Meredith, a white female. #mustread #spinesvines

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mklong
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Mehso-so

So this novel, about the teenage son of conservative Nigerian immigrants coming to terms with his homosexuality, was sailing for 5 stars, until an abrupt plot twist threw everything off. I felt like it changed the trajectory of the story 2/3 of the way through the book, and felt a lot like a cop out so that Iweala wouldn‘t have to resolve the original storyline.
The first 2/3 is a pick, the last 1/3 is a pick, but the two together are only okay.

mrozzz Hmmm🤔 1y
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MrBook
Speak No Evil | Uzodinma Iweala
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#TBRtemptation post 2! Niru leads a charmed life in Washington, DC, as a top student and athlete bound for Harvard. He hides a secret--he's gay, a grave sin to his Nigerian parents. Only his best friend Meredith knows, and she doesn't judge him. His parents find out, the fallout is brutal, while Meredith suffers through her own problems and reconciliations. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

ephemeralwaltz Very tempting!! 1y
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LibrarianAF
Speak No Evil | Uzodinma Iweala
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A scene in this book just stole my breath in a way no story ever has. I can‘t say any more without ruining someone else‘s experience, but read this.

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CaitlinR
Speak No Evil | Uzodinma Iweala
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Pickpick

A heartbreaking difficult read. Niru and Meredith are trapped into a terrible, destructive pattern by expectations, prejudice and fear— their own and that of others. A bit like watching a train wreck, you can‘t look away, but it‘s so damned terrible. Couldn‘t have been classed as YA, for the same reason Niru is doomed, but should be read by the young too. Highly recommended.

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