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There There
There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
Not since Sherman Alexie's The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven and Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine has such a powerful and urgent Native American voice exploded onto the landscape of contemporary fiction. There There introduces a brilliant new author at the start of a major career. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame in Oakland. Dene Oxedrene is pulling his life together after his uncle's death and has come to work the powwow and to honour his uncle's memory. Edwin Frank has come to find his true father. Bobby Big Medicine has come to drum the Grand Entry. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil Red Feather; Orvil has taught himself Indian dance through YouTube videos, and he has come to dance in public for the very first time. Tony Loneman is a young Native American boy whose future seems destined to be as bleak as his past, and he has come to the Big Oakland Powwow with darker intentions. Tommy Orange's first novel is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen. There There is a multi-generational, relentlessly paced story about violence and recovery, hope and loss, identity and power, dislocation and communion, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people. A glorious, unforgettable debut.
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maleahrae
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Oh man, is this one riveting! I'm ashamed that I haven't read a book by a Native American author before now. I'm hoping to finish it tonight!

plemmdog It was my favorite of 2019...there‘s been a void since Sherman Alexie 2d
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ELH
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Unique and captivating so far

RaimeyGallant Agreed! Almost done. 3d
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Booksnob
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I met Tommy Orange last week when he came to our school Pow Wow. The part about the spider legs- he admits he pulled them out of his own leg. His dad said he was hexed and he put it in the story.

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JenReadsAlot
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Library #bookhaul
Happy reading!!

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lkurgs
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Pickpick

I‘ve been putting off reviewing this book because it was a lot to digest. It was emotional, angry, raw. Brilliant, too. It‘s not an easy read, and I suggest against reading it all at once. The prologue hits your hard and that tone is consistent throughout. As a white person, I felt like I needed to apologize for what was done to Native Americans. I felt guilty and ashamed, and irate. I recommend a funny book (something by D. Sedaris) after it.

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Sharpeipup
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“Silence is not just silence but is not speaking up. “

#quotes #audiobook

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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This is one inTENSE book. The large cast of characters added to the challenge, but I find I‘m still thinking about them days after finishing the book. Instead of going deep, Orange goes broadly into the urban Indian experience. Calling it a tour de force is an understatement. I also loved the nonfiction essays he added to the fictional story.

Full review: http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019
#ownvoices #indigenousauthor

Nuwanda When I first read it, I wanted it to be longer, but as time goes on, the more I appreciate it for what it is. I really loved it! 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Nuwanda 👊🏻 Yes, it‘s growing on me. 2w
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BeckyB
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This months book club pick. Anyone else read it yet?

VanChocStrawberry It‘s on my list to read; looking forward to what you think. 3w
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Cortg
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I didn‘t know much about this book going into it other than the rave reviews I keep reading. I haven‘t stayed up late, on the edge of my seat, excited to read the end of a book in a long time! There were a lot of characters that I often had to stop and think about there story before continuing which may bother some readers. I loved how the book had an open ending. So, so good!

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Cortg
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Powwow time! I have a feeling the ending to this book is going to be jaw dropping for some reason. Something big is going to happen and I‘m at the edge of my seat!

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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One of the hard things about vacation was NO audio books. It‘s weird how I‘m so used to having them in my ears. It makes me happy to start a new one again!

This one‘s for my IRL book club. They are so kind to agree to books I suggest! 🤪

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readingjedi
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Panpan

I did not like this at all. The writing didn't draw me in, the characters were too numerous & similar, their stories so disjointed I couldn't keep track, and the ending was so grim that I was left feeling a little depressed by it all. There didn't seem to be any development in the narrative & I couldn't quite be sure what the author was saying. The deaths were just brutal & I found the gun violence gratuitous & distasteful. Not for me.

BeckyB Agree! I just finished it today and was pretty disappointed. 5d
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DivineDiana
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A few of my purchases from the mammoth weekend Garage Sale!

marleed I read There There in January (actually paid full price for the book so good find for you!). It‘s not an enjoyable book but I do think it‘s an important read. I would imagine book clubs would have some meaningful conversations of it. 3w
DivineDiana Thank you @marleed . Will have to position it between some lighter reads. (edited) 3w
DivineDiana @we4blu Oh, good! I am intrigued! 3w
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VioletBramble
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Mehso-so

This one was just so-so for me. I‘ve been reading it slowly since September because it just wasn‘t holding my attention. My intermittent reading combined with the large amount of characters and the amount of short chapters made it seem disjointed

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IamIamIam
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I totally forgot that #ThereThere was my #IndigenousAuthor for #Booked2019 #Spring!!! 3 down, 3 to go!!! I'm still working on my #HappyPlace book from #winter but I'll get there... LOL
@BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen Great!!! You will get there!!! And it‘s only APRIL!!! Not even May yet!!!? 3w
IamIamIam @Cinfhen LOL, I was just thinking that!!! I've got 1 in the works and the other 2 are going to need a bit of research! 🕵️‍♀️ 3w
wanderinglynn What is cli-fi? 3w
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IamIamIam @wanderinglynn Kind of like sci-fi but with devastating effects to the climate, like a weather related or disease ridden future. If you haven't read this, I highly suggest it. I didn't expect to really like it that much but I absolutely fell in love!!! 3w
Cinfhen Cli Fi stands for Climate Fiction- it‘s a subgenre where climate change is part of the story‘s plot @wanderinglynn 3w
Cinfhen And echoing @IamIamIam recommendation!!!! Station Eleven is EXCELLENT @wanderinglynn (edited) 3w
wanderinglynn Thanks @IamIamIam @Cinfhen ☺️ So many sub-genres these days, it‘s hard to keep track. And I did love Station Eleven. 👍🏻👍🏻 3w
4thhouseontheleft I have a winter prompt leftover too, I‘m sure we‘ll both get to it eventually! 😂😂 3w
IamIamIam @4thhouseontheleft LOL, so many books, so little time! 😉 #wegotthis 3w
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MicheleinPhilly
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This is a crackling debut. Starts out in the manner of short stories and begins linking them in part 2. I would have liked to spend more time with each character BEFORE they started linking but that‘s a fairly minor quibble. I can‘t wait to see what Tommy Orange does next. 4🌟 #booked2019 #indigenousauthor

britt_brooke Nice review! 3w
Theaelizabet Nice review! I felt the same about this book. 3w
whatshesreadingnow I really enjoyed this one. Great review! 3w
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Leftcoastzen Loved it too! Nice review! 3w
Cinfhen Nice review!! I thought the book was a little bumpy in parts but overall I was blown away by his writing. Excited to see what he writes next 3w
Cathythoughts Loved this one too 3w
Suet624 This book was a great read. Your review is spot on. 3w
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IamIamIam
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Mehso-so

No spoilers but DAMMIT... that ending made me so angry!!! I thought this was a necessary story but I got bogged down with a couple of superfluous characters. I loved living the lives of Opal and Jacquie and just needed a bit less from Edwin and the drummer who I can't remember...Tommy? I also understood the necessity of Manny & David but there wasn't enough development. The quality of writing was great but a little more editing was needed.

Suet624 I was disappointed in the ending as well, but enjoyed the story overall. 4w
BeckyB I thought it was pretty interesting and didn‘t want to put it down, but was super disappointed with the ending. 5d
IamIamIam @BeckyB I feel like all the different narrators made it tough for me to listen to. I'm used to Carl Hiaasen and 25 characters in a book and recalling everyone by name. I felt like some sections could have been developed separately and been an entirely different book. 5d
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IamIamIam
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I feel like every person in Oakland is a Native American... a little under 2 hours left and I just want it to be done. I'm a 1st and 3rd generation American so all the guilt heaped upon the reader of this is making me uncomfortable. Like John Lennon said it's Christmas and what have I done.

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readingjedi
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It's late! I'm tired! Do I go to bed? No, I start a new book!

With thanks to #netgalley for this book

And no thanks to #netgalley for how much I will resemble a zombie on tomorrow's school run 😉

KatieDid927 Ooo and that‘s a real good one. 1mo
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JeannieReads
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Well, I guess I need therapy now. Thanks, Tommy Orange. I feel like my heart has been ripped to shreds and fed to raccoons. #booktrauma #diversebooks #nativeamericanlit

JeannieReads Read “The State“ (excerpt from There There) in The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/03/26/the-state 5d
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AmyG
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#Spring #Booked2019 complete.

In A Dark, Dark Wood (night oriented title)
The Dreamers (Cli-Fi)
There There (Indigenous author)
Serving the Servant (features a musician)
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (social media)
Lab Girl (food or beverage on cover)

@4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cathythoughts I chose & read There There too for this .... loved it 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
Cinfhen Well done 👍🏻 what a great selection of diverse choices and genres 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👏💪 1mo
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Cathythoughts Well done girl 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
AmyG @cinfhen @erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts Thank you, my friends! 😘 (edited) 1mo
thereadingowlvina Great job! 👍🙂🎉🎉🎉 1mo
4thhouseontheleft Great job!! I‘m also thinking of reading the Hank Green book for #socialmediafocus, but wasn‘t sure if it worked for that prompt! 1mo
mrp27 👏🏽👏🏽 1mo
AmyG @4thhouseontheleft It definitely fits the prompt! 1mo
Suet624 Some great reads! I loved Lab Girl on audio. 1mo
AmyG @Suet624 Did the author read Lab Girl? 1mo
Suet624 Yes. And she was very emotional at times. 1mo
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mldkennedy
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(March 2019) Frankly, I wish someone warned me about the ending because it kept me up at night. The book was slow to get into but I think once you get past part one, the pace really picks up. This book carries with it powerful stories that are important to read.

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ladygrey
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have only heard great reviews from people ... now it's time for me to begin

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IamIamIam
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AND NOW... for something completely different.... 😂😂😂

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YeezyTaughtMe
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Pickpick

4.5/5. Loved this book. The characters were so brilliantly brought to life.

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JeannieReads
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"If you were fortunate enough to be born into a family whose ancestors directly benefited from genocide and/or slavery, maybe you think the more you don't know, the more innocent you can stay, which is good incentive to not find out, to not look too deep, to walk carefully around the sleeping tiger. Look no further than your last name. Follow it back and you might find your line paved with gold, or beset with traps."

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underground_bks
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There There follows twelve seemingly unrelated urban Native Americans as their lives and connections converge at the Big Oakland Powwow. I came to feel deeply for each character, each is so vividly and confidently written, and Orange skillfully depicts the impact of history on each life. I maybe wish a little bit that the ending wasn‘t so literary and a little more satisfying plot-wise but this is a brilliant work that deserves all the hype.

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HillsAndHamletsBookshop
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An exceptional, deeply compelling debut! Thanks to Libro.fm for the complimentary listening copy.

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Eeb
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"Being bipolar is like having an ax to grind with an ax you need to split wood to keep you warm in a cold dark forest you only might eventually realize you'll never make it out of."

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jamicuns
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For a debut novel Tommy Orange knocked it out of the park. The characters were vivid, the last few chapters of the book was riveting. He crushed the stereotypes re Native Americans. My main issue was too many characters to follow. Every time we switched characters I was taken out of the story bc I had to figure out who this character was. I love that Tommy Orange has created a space where his NA characters are multi-facet, complicated and human.

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BornReadChicago
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Mehso-so

Finished There Therea few days ago and I‘m STILL trying to process my thoughts. I normally love a novel that reads like connected short stories, but this one felt somewhat disjointed. At the same time, I found the writing to be absorbing and each of the characters very compelling. The plot, which you can see coming from the first pages, is still a gut punch in the end - no small feat. I‘m glad I finally read it!

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BramBresseleers
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"The trick is to stay busy, distract then distract the distraction. Get twice removed."

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BritanyA
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: debut novel that was beautifully written, hard to follow at times and strangely left me needing answers.

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Shadowfat
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This was almost a so-so for me. The writing is great and the narrative is important however I thought there were too many characters to follow so I forgot who people were. It also was a tad slow at times but it was still a decent read. It'll be heading your way soon @Beatlefan129 . #lmpbc group q. @EliNeedsMoreShelves @rjsthumbelina

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ElectricKatyLand
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Riveting. 12 narrators converge on a tragedy, centered around the Oakland PowWow. As good as they hype.

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Coleen_Nieto
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So, I'm driving my son to an Avalanche game when he casually asks "Hey Mom, do you know who Tommy Orange is? He spoke at school today". I said of course I know who he is! I asked if he got a copy of his book and he said no, but he thinks he's going to buy it. Face Palm! He said he didn't tell me sooner because Tommy Orangw is new and he didn't think I would have heard of him. Where did I go wrong ? Lol!

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Amandajoy
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The Omaha Public Library has voting up for their Omaha Reads program. Which one would you choose for the whole city to read?

AmyG I‘m reading There There now. Very good, so I‘d pick that. Important read. 2mo
Hooked_on_books The Sun Does Shine. It‘s a remarkable book and will prompt people to really think. 2mo
MicheleinPhilly Of those I‘ve only read The Sun Does Shine but I can‘t recommend it highly enough. 2mo
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YeezyTaughtMe
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About to tuck into this. Really looking forward to it. I hope it lives up to the hype!

YeezyTaughtMe Thank you! 2mo
Chelleo Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. #LitsyWelcomeWagon
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Crazeedi Welcome to litsy!!🎉🎉🎉 2mo
rretzler Welcome to Litsy!📖🎉 2mo
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Theaelizabet Yes, welcome to Litsy. Read There There a few weeks ago. Enjoy! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 2mo
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Abby2
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I knew it would end sadly but still... I really enjoyed the characters. Most were so normal and real. Not too likable and not too wrong.

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mdhughes72
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I thought I‘d just zip right through this on audio, but the rich tapestry of Native characters and stories insisted that I slow down and digest it slowly. I‘m already ready to work my way back through it again, this time in print. Reminiscent of the scope and intimacy of Dos Passos‘s best works, this one lives up to all the hype. Truly a Great American Novel, one of my top picks of the year so far ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

CouronneDhiver Maybe I‘ll give it a try... I love First Nations storytelling. 😍 2mo
RebL I found this book engrossing & like how it came together. I‘ll have to think on the ending a bit, though. 2mo
mdhughes72 @CouronneDhiver If you love First Nations storytelling, I think you‘ll really enjoy this. It does take place in Oakland, California, but I don‘t think you need to be familiar with that area to still appreciate the book. 2mo
mdhughes72 @RebL Yes the ending was a bit abrupt. My son would call it a Truman Show Ending. 2mo
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sherryvdh
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This one is going to stay with me a little while. I don't really have words. There is so much packed into it, and I just have so many feelings.

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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I wasn‘t interested in reading this.
I fell prey to the hype, to Obama‘s favorites of 2018 list.
And it was worth it!! I started out on the fence, kinda meh. I was quickly absorbed in it, with the pacing racing at the end.
If you‘re wondering whether or not to read this, I encourage you to go for it.

AmyG I just started this for #Booked2019. I was very excited to read it. 2mo
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BarbaraBB
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After yesterday‘s disappointment (my favorite kicked out of the #ToB2019) I am now voting for the two Zombie reads, which I like much better than both finalists. So here‘s to Tommy Orange 🤞

mklong I think Tommy Orange will take it today. I liked Warlight, but I‘m surprised it has gone this far. It just doesn‘t feel like a ToB book to me. 2mo
BarbaraBB @mklong I‘ve been thinking that since the longlist but somehow we seem to be the minority! 2mo
BarbaraBB Oh no... 2mo
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merelybookish 💩🤬💩🤬💩 This is so disappointing! Warlight is mediocre at best. 2mo
BarbaraBB @merelybookish It can‘t be Warlight against Mars Room in the finals. Sister must win tomorrow! 2mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Yes! Sister all the way! I don't remember ever feeling like the tournament got it so wrong before. Some books have won that I didn't love but I understood why. But this year feels misguided. 2mo
BarbaraBB @merelybookish I feel like they started out well but now we‘re stuck with two ordinary books, nothing special or outstanding about them. So let it be Sister! 2mo
BkClubCare #TeamSister!! Please 2mo
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placebeyondthespines
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So what do you do when you‘re already drowning in library books? Go and pick up one more😂🤷🏻‍♀️
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I started this one two nights ago and I‘m loving it. Tommy Orange‘s writing is so lyrical. I could get lost in these pages all day🎶✨ I will say that my first impression is that it reads more like a collection of short stories than a novel, but I‘m hoping all the stories begin to connect soon. Anyone else read this one?🍊🍊🍊

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I am over 1/3 into There, There! It‘s good so far. And, I hit a pie mention. #pieinlit #iLovePie #BooksandPie
So, I attempted to add txt to my image but couldn‘t figure out how to move or increase font size, ... but can anyone tell me how to access my bookmarks when reading on the iPad Kindle app? Crazy question but I can‘t figure it out... seems like it should be the only thing I would/should want to see so why are they hiding this? Ugh.

BkClubCare I could only find this quote I highlighted because I remembered it was at the 16% mark... 2mo
Kaye See my pics above. Tell me if this is what you‘re searching for. 2mo
BkClubCare Thank you. You have gone out of your way to be helpful and I appreciate you. 2mo
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BkClubCare @kaye - see 👆🏼👆👆🏾 (edited) 2mo
Kaye You‘re welcome. Only took a few minutes. 👍🏼 2mo
Avidreader25 There were so many different storylines in this one that I had a hard time following it at times. 2mo
BkClubCare It is best to read in one sitting. I put it down for a few days and just couldn‘t reconnect to the characters = frustration! 2mo
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Jen2
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Fabulous book.

Cathythoughts Absolutely 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
Leftcoastzen I thought so too! Great image! 2mo
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Latrelwhite
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“An ambitious and galvanizing novel. . . . Powerful!

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BkClubCare
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Will I be reading this, starting now/soon due to today‘s #tob2019 result? Or will I put it aside and get to it eventually...

BkClubCare They have been great abt posting results early. I best go check right now. 2mo
BkClubCare WELP. Whew, TT rises from the dead to play again! 2mo
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Carissa-Green-Reads
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Tommy Orange reading in my city tonight. Jealous? You should be! #writersinthewild