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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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bookwrm526
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Beautifully written, heart-wrenching and yet somehow still…hopeful? There are a lot of characters, some you get to know very well and others you only meet briefly. Their stories are masterfully woven together, and even though the ending felt like a freight train bearing down on me, it still wasn‘t exactly what I expected!

Reggie I know you come and go whenever but it‘s always nice to see you when you pop up! 👋🏼 4d
bookwrm526 @Reggie Thank you :) I am trying to be more present here for a bit, since it IS my favorite social media platform 3d
ImperfectCJ A freight train bearing down on the reader is an excellent way to describe the ending of this novel! You see it coming but can't get out of the way. 3d
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Blueberry
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1. Lightning Strike
2. Jonny Appleseed
3. There There by Tommy Orange

#WeekendReads. @rachelsbrittain

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Erin.Elizabeth10
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This month‘s book club pick for Native American Heritage Month. I‘ve wanted to read this book for years, so I‘m glad we finally did. The multiple perspectives were very interesting and less confusing than I thought they‘d be. It was a sad book in many ways, and the end brought me to tears, but I can also see some good elements of characters being reunited and stepping more fully into their identity. I‘m looking forward to our book club discussion.

Suet624 I‘m so glad he wrote this book. 3w
Erin.Elizabeth10 @Suet624 Yes, definitely a gift! 3w
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TheSpineView
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🧡📚🙌🏻 3w
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vlwelser
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Somehow this book manages to be both heartbreaking and confusing AF. Maybe it's just the #audiobook but every time the narrator changes it's hard to get your mind wrapped back up into the story. But overall it is very good and the story is important.

My IRL book club picked this as their second November pick (it's possible I picked this and no one protested).

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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1mo
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ImperfectCJ
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This novel surprised me. For most of it, I wasn't sure if I liked it. I started wishing I'd read the paper version instead of audio because I had trouble keeping the characters and relationships straight, but the last 1/4 or so, it all comes together into something that feels horribly inevitable (in part because Orange has been prepping us for it the entire time). This is another piece of California I hadn't really looked at before.

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sarahbellum
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I was super bummed that I didn‘t read more in 2019 (life ramped up and left me with little downtime). There, There was a top read- I was living in Oakland, CA at the time and it felt very real and grounded to me. I also finally got around to reading the Hunger Games trilogy (I know, I know, I‘m typically behind the times with these kinds of things) and was definitely entertained by the storyline.

Curiouser_and_curiouser I've just finished The Hunger Games for the first time only a month or so ago. I still have the next 2 to catch up on. You're not behind at all. Cool read huh?! At least you can cross them off your TBR list now! 4mo
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Astroneman
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Mehso-so

Why? Why?
I don't understand this book! It's a big confusion about indian people.
#book #bookly #readingchallenge2021 #libro #litsy #litsybook #goodreads #toread #leggere #bookworm #therethere #tommyorange

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Hooked_on_books
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Mehso-so

I really expected to love this book but I just didn‘t. It was certainly gripping and gritty in places, but much of it felt overworked to me and it just fell flat. It was a bit of a slog for me to get through it, unfortunately. #unpopularopinion

BkClubCare Me, too 6mo
LeafingThroughLife Same here. Actually, it was such a slog the I eventually just bailed. 6mo
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Andrea4
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I really enjoyed this one. A multi POV story where the cast all have some kind of connection.
There is something to be said about Orange's writing when he can make me empathize and can almost fully redeem some of the characters who typically I would never think redeemable.
I like when everyone has a story and also gets to tell it.
We need to hear more voices.

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TheSpineView
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#MoviesInMay @Klou
Prompt: Daniel Day-Lewis

Klou He looks a bit like Arnold Schwarzenegger on the cover 😂 7mo
TheSpineView @Klou A bit.. if you can't see bulging muscles 7mo
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amyf0x
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Twelve American Indians tell their interconnected stories of life in Oakland, which culminates in tragedy at the Big Oakland Powwow.

Read April 9-15
Rated 4.5/5 ⭐️
Book 22/60

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candority
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It was a beautiful day here, so I biked to my favourite thrift store and found all of these lovely books! 🚴‍♀️📚#BookHaul #UsedBookHaul

CoverToCoverGirl Great book haul! 🤩 8mo
candority @CoverToCoverGirl Thank you! 😍 8mo
EvieBee Nice! I just love a good thrift haul. 8mo
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CuriousG Those are some great books - lucky you! 8mo
candority @EvieBee I do too! 😊 8mo
candority @CuriousG I was so excited to see There There, Sapiens, and A Good Neighborhood! 8mo
CuriousG Sapient and There There are particularly good scores! 8mo
Velvetfur Sapiens is amazing - lucky you getting it in a thrift store! Funny, I just talked to my Mum about it last night, having not even thought about it for a couple of years - the universe's way of telling me I was going to see it somewhere today 🙂 8mo
candority @Velvetfur I‘m sorry for the late reply. I replied in my head, but not on Litsy 😂 I love little signs from the universe like that! 💕 8mo
Velvetfur @candority haha, that's ok, I do that too, the 'reply in my head' thing! 😁 8mo
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LeafingThroughLife
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DNF. Everyone else loves this but after 100 pages, I feel like everything past the prologue is a letdown and I‘m getting whiffs of The Madonnas of Echo Park (another book I wish I hadn‘t finished). Orange‘s writing has some definite quotables, but no plot that has yet revealed itself and so little time spent with each character that it hardly works as a character study either. Profound prose alone isn‘t enough to keep me reading. March #bookspin

TheAromaofBooks Sometimes a book just isn't the right match!! 9mo
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Rachiiebookdragon
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An interesting book. Read for a prompt for the #PopSugarReadingChallenge2021. 4/5

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LiteraryinLawrence
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Very interesting. This book had been on my shelf for a while and I‘m glad I read it, more because it felt like an important book than because I enjoyed the reading experience. I didn‘t completely understand or like what happened in the last scene. Did others feel that way too?

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 10mo
LitStephanie I haven't read this one but know it got a lot of buzz. It is very sweet of those beautiful kitties to leave you some of the blanket! 10mo
LiteraryinLawrence @LitStephanie The book reminded me of Girl, Woman, Other, in case you‘ve read that. It‘s chapters told by different Native people with a connection to Oakland. You eventually learn how some of them are connected personally as well. 10mo
Copwithabook I didn‘t feel emotionally invested in this one and didn‘t agree with all the hype. I resented read The Removed and liked it much more. 10mo
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Esin
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Intense and layered - I felt an urgent need to finish this book once I‘d started. (Evie rec)

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LadyCait84
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This one. Whoa. It is going to take time to unpack something so brilliantly and carefully layered: The expansive cast of characters, every one of whom — even those guilty of the worst, most costly choices — pull on your heart; the deep and varied wounds, both freshly made and long inherited; the remembered dramas and isolated struggles, building to and from shared traumas and violations. Ugh. I‘m rambling. But it‘s a must read. That‘s my point.

ErikasMindfulShelf I loved it too!! 10mo
SamAnne I really loved this one too. And the opening prologue... 10mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Book 14/150 done.

Andrew65 I‘ve still not set a goal for 2021. 10mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @Andrew65. You have plenty of time. 👍🏻😊 10mo
Andrew65 @Graciouswarriorprincess Good point! Thanks 😊 10mo
Crazeedi @Andrew65 I set one, but I'm not going to fixate on it this year. I'm doing what I can 10mo
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OriginalCyn620
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I liked the multiple POVs and the interconnecting stories. The ending was not tied up in a neat little bow, which I think is fitting for this particular book!

#bookspinbingo
#pop21 #bookbyanindigenousauthor

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 11mo
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Oryx
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So glad it's the weekend! Really struggled to motivate myself at work this week. Felt like the longest week. I think books and wine are in order.

Oryx @squirrelbrain This is one I got with you in Harrogate. Enjoy it so far. 11mo
squirrelbrain Ah, was that when I was forcing you to buy books from the charity shop?! It has been one of ‘those‘ weeks hasn‘t it though? Enjoy the wine.... 11mo
Oryx @squirrelbrain normally going back to work doesn't bother me that much, but I think the Monday announcement (while not surprising) just compounded it. Hope you enjoying your snow and fire. 11mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty pic!! 11mo
TrishB Same Emma and I only started back Tuesday! Been a long week. Have a lovely weekend 💜 11mo
rockpools That looks like a very good plan - I may join you! Thanks so much for book Emma - was lovely to receive- I‘m really looking forward to it 😊. But might give Piranesi a go first! 11mo
Oryx @rockpools your welcome 😁. Yes, don't get distracted by other books - it's all about Piranesi this month 😉 11mo
Oryx @TrishB thanks - you too! 11mo
MicheleinPhilly This was the longest week ever. Ugh. 11mo
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Megabooks
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274 titles and 758 hours, even I didn‘t expect that!!

First listen was, appropriately, #newyearwhodis with @youneverarrived 💖

Also with titles vs hours, I‘m obviously a #speedfreak, and lest you think all my titles were short Ducks, Newburyport was 45 hours!

And the nonfiction vs fiction, it was a bit surprising that difference was that large.

My top authors were Elin Hilderbrand, Rebecca Solnit, and 🌈 Rowell!

577 titles 🤯🤯

TrishB Wow 😳 11mo
CoverToCoverGirl Great year! 11mo
Graywacke Phew. Wow. Also congrats on fantastic year audio year. 11mo
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BarbaraBB What @TrishB says 😳 11mo
Cinfhen That‘s INSANE and TOTALLY AWESOME 👏🏼 👏🏼 👏🏼 I need to peek at my stats except I also use Hoopla , Overdrive & Scribd so my hours and book counts won‘t be as accurate 11mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen thanks!! ❤️😘 I think the number of titles also counts partial titles because I can think of some I‘ve partially listened or re-listened to. I also used overdrive and Libby a fair bit, but not nearly as much as audible. May-September was so unpredictable, I wanted to have more control over the titles I listened to and not have to stress about due dates. (edited) 11mo
Kalalalatja Cool stats! Very impressive 👏🙌 11mo
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lalatiburona
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It's the last Sunday in 2020. How insane. It feels like time was frozen back in March and yet the things that happened pre-Covid seem like forever ago. On the positive side, it was a great year for reading. These are all the books I read, minus a large number of library books, books I lent out (when I love a book I almost immediately look for someone to lend it to), and a smattering of comics.

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Kdgordon88
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I am following @Amandajoy ‘s lead. Thanks to @TheAromaofBooks and her monthly #bookspin challenge I have knocked several books off my TBR. So many good books read. I read a bunch more trying to get bingos which I managed in August, November and December. Looking forward to 2021!

Amandajoy Didn‘t realize I was starting a trend. That‘s cool! ☺️ 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! This makes me so happy to see - thank your for sharing!!! I'm excited about continuing into next year!! 12mo
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Kshakal
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Colors of December... cozy fire orange #readnosedreindeer #wintergames2020 @StayCurious

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dearb00kshelves
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Orange manages to create 12 memorable characters that you grow attached to in a short span of time. These seemingly unrelated characters all come together surrounding the Big Oakland Powwow and while it seems obvious what the nature of the ending will be, I still wasn't prepared.

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BestDogDad
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After the riveting, brutally honest prologue about the mistreatment of Native Americans I thought this book gradually went downhill and overall it just never clicked for me.

The biggest disappointment for me was the ending. Hard-to-believe coincidences and senseless over-the-top violence made up the novel's climax.

And what was the deal with the spider legs?!🤮

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Airykah13
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November Reads

Nebklvr Animal farm. 😳 12mo
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Anna from Gustine
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What an incredible, intense reading experience! I appreciated that this book was nontraditional. The stories are about the oft-neglected urban Indians, the ones who are making their lives off the reservation in cities. These are also stories about ordinary people with challenges that are fundamentally human and relatable by non-Indians. I really think this book earns its place in the canon of Native American literature.

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Jgotham
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As I sit here working an extra shift on Thanksgiving I would like to share this article with Tommy Orange discussing the trauma with Natives and the current pandemic with the Thanksgiving holiday https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vox.com/platform/amp/21612039/tommy-orange-than...

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andioop
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A beautiful, beautiful book. Look forward to seeing what else Orange has to offer. A lovely but heartbreaking choice for Native American Heritage month.

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KatieDid927
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I love Indigenous literature! The tagged is my fave. I‘ll tag a few more in the comments. ⬇️

@ChasingOm @Emilymdxn #IntegrateYourShelf

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Patchshank I've started but haven't finished this one. I don't know why I haven't finished it. I was getting pretty into then got side tracked and haven't picked it back up. 12mo
JamieArc The tagged book is pretty epic. I have loved everything by the author. 12mo
KatieDid927 @CareBear I have both of those on my shelf already! Haha. Just haven‘t read them yet. I read Love Medicine earlier this year. 12mo
KatieDid927 @Patchshank Ooo that was my Book of the Month pick in September, it‘s an intense thriller! 12mo
KatieDid927 @JamieArc Oh awesome, stacked! 12mo
Emilymdxn There there was one of my favourite novels I read in the last few years! You‘ve tagged some of my favourites as well, heart berries, crazy brave and EVERYTHING by Stephen graham Jones 12mo
KatieDid927 @Reynosa8701 Thanks, stacked! 12mo
KatieDid927 @Emilymdxn Which SGJ should I read next? I‘ve only read his latest! 12mo
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andioop
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There‘s a secret war on women going on in the world. Secret even to us. Secret even though we know it.

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Creadnorthey
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A divergent group of people all with their own baggage and personal histories masterfully drawn together. Into the malstrom of an explosive celebration, Orange repeatedly shows how “families” are torn apart and hints how they (through tragedy) can come together.

KVanRead Nice review. I loved this book. 13mo
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BarkingMadRun
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Finished another book for #crushtherush this one was for #52in52 #indigenousauthor it was amazing! It also checked off a square for #bookspinbingo @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 13mo
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BarkingMadRun
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It‘s bookstore day! I love volunteering here! Three and a half hours of mostly uninterrupted reading!! #crushtherush #indigenousauthor

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BarkingMadRun
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Bookwormjillk I just went out to look too! 13mo
TheNeverendingTBR Beautiful 😌👌 13mo
Soubhiville Oh wow! That‘s gorgeous. 13mo
Cathythoughts Amazing picture ❤️ 13mo
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Airykah13
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First off, the audio was fantastic. There were many characters and several narrators, each with a distinct voice. The story is told from many different viewpoints and all of the stories are connected in some way. The characters are diverse in that while they're all Native Americans, they all have different backgrounds and histories. Tommy Orange did a fantastic job and this was an excellent debut novel.

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BarkingMadRun
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Working on #crushtherush pile! Just finished my #setinspace book for #52in52 and next up for the same challenge is an #indigenousauthor I‘m also reading Northanger Abby for #pemberlittens and Anna Kerenina for #russianauthor for the Wizardunf World challenge. Whew! @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick You're doing great! 13mo
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mcctrish
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It‘s ANOTHER gorgeous day in Southern Ontario, we must have some good karma going on 💞and I‘ve been audio walking all my errands. My orthotics fit in my new runners and I‘m so happy because of course I didn‘t take them with me when I went shopping 🤦🏻‍♀️ and I have matched my beads to my leggings, as one does 🤣

Sparklemn I love your beads! 13mo
mcctrish @Sparklemn thank you 😊 13mo
KVanRead Pretty 🤩 13mo
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mcctrish Thank you @KVanRead 😊 13mo
batsy So pretty 😍 13mo
mcctrish @batsy thank you 🙏🏻 13mo
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Bookishgal71 I need to pick this one back up and try again. There were so many characters I had to take notes 13mo
mcctrish I must admit the beginning threw me because it was so historical that I thought the book was about something other than what I thought it was about 🤦🏻‍♀️ 13mo
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paulareadsallthetime
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was a good audiobook. The author made the characters real and made me feel what was going on.

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Wanders.In.Stories
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REALLY great book...I‘m more than halfway done in one sitting...all the individuals‘ stories converging at the Big Oakland Powow...intense, real, a clear lens into the lives of the people Mr. Orange brings to us

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brandierickson
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Another book that is primarily a character study with little plot and beautiful prose. Follows several Native Americans as they struggle through their lives in Oakland.

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JamieArc
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The contemporary tale of the Urban Native American. And all the complex identity issues that go with that. #Bookspin for September finished. Will be posting October‘s BookSpin list later today!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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ThePageantHam
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Not a "gender"* reveal party or anything, just doing what I can to assuage the Sunday Scaries and the darkness of this beautiful book, and for some reason pink food and drink appealed to me most tonight. ?

*I put gender in quotation marks because no one can possibly know the gender of someone who hasn't even been born...the binary hubris of it all ?

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Beccacraft
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This fictional book explores how both history and upbringing can affect Native Americans‘ perception of their identity and culture. The perspectives through different narrators and their stories, all leading to a cumulative moment, were engaging, enlightening, and genuine. I would highly recommend.