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The Sun Does Shine
The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row | Anthony Ray Hinton, Lara Love Hardin
A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent 30 years on death row for a crime he didn't commit. In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only 29 years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free. But with an incompetent defense attorney and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. He spent his first three years on Death Row at Holman State Prison in despairing silenceangry and full of hatred for all those who had sent an innocent man to his death. But as Hinton realized and accepted his fate, he resolved not only to survive, but find a way to live on Death Row. For the next twenty-seven years he was a beacontransforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates, 54 of whom were executed mere feet from his cell. With the help of civil rights attorney and bestselling author of Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015. With a foreword by Stevenson, The Sun Does Shine is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. Destined to be a classic memoir of wrongful imprisonment and freedom won, Hintons memoir tells his dramatic 30-year journey and shows how you can take away a mans freedom, but you cant take away his imagination, humor, or joy.
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MaggieCarr
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The more I read and find myself in another's shoes the more disheartened I am with the flawed human race, the flawed governing bodies, and the flawed institutions in place in our societies. I don't think I would have been as optimistic as Anthony Hinton, after being let down again and again. Truly a memoir everyone needs to read, made even more real after reading The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist (Radley Balko) earlier this year.

CuriousG This memoir was devastating yet he is so inspiring. The amount of resilience it must have taken for him to remain hopeful and kind in those circumstances is mind boggling to me. I like to think I can adapt well, but I am certain I could not manage as he did. Truly an inspiring man that was put through a hell that nobody deserves. 3mo
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Adventures-of-a-French-Reader
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5/5 Excellent! Hinton shares how he spent 30 years of his life in death row in Alabama for a crime he didn't commit, showing how weak the case against him was, and how he was set up. He also shares how he managed to keep hope, and survive, but also how this dreadful experience keeps on shaping his daily life. It is a must read!

mcctrish This case was referenced in an audio book I listened to, in fact more than one I think. Thx for the post, I need to check this out 3mo
Adventures-of-a-French-Reader @mcctrish It must be Just Mercy? I want to read this book, but I like spacing books out, reading several books about the same theme/subject in a short period of time is not my cup of tea. And sometimes, if I do so, I feel that I tend to compare them, being sometimes harsher on a book than I normally would... 3mo
mcctrish No, I don‘t think I‘ve read that one. It‘s either The Skin We‘re in, Caste or Between the World and me ( or possibly all 3 or another that I just can‘t remember) 3mo
Adventures-of-a-French-Reader @mcctrish Other books to look up ;) Thanks! 3mo
paulfrankspencer This guy spoke at my church once. Good stuff. 3mo
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CRR
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Powerful book. Easy to read because it was so full of Mr. Hinton‘s personality. Hard to read because it‘s so hard to believe. Thankfully it ended well—but it took 30 years. Highly encourage this book to others.

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Jody3
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A classic memoir of wrongful imprisonment and freedom won, Hinton‘s memoir tells his dramatic thirty-year journey and shows how you can take away a man‘s freedom, but you can‘t take away his imagination, humor, or joy.

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Rachel.Rencher
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Book number ✌️ today. I'm on a bit of a non-fiction kick.

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DieAReader
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#AwesomeApril #BookNookBuddies2022 #ReadMyRoom #BookSpinBingo

Today‘s #ReadMyRoom pick (also on my Bingo card😉).

Andrew65 Hope you enjoy it. 5mo
DieAReader @Andrew65 ♥️♥️ 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 5mo
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marleed
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It wasn‘t until I put this grid together that I realized it would be Black narratives for the win for this grid with the tagged shining bright. Ray Hinton is light.

5* = Loved It, want to shout out loud about this book! I do/will own/keep a physical copy. A+
4*= I liked it, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

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marleed
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Just Mercy was such an emotional read that I had to prep my heart to return to the story of Anthony Ray Hinton. However , reading this injustice from his perspective somehow left me with hope. This is only possible because he is such an incredible man. I sure hope his exes - Halle, Sandra, Kim - stop by for a chat from time to time.

February 2022 #BookSpin. @TheAromaofBooks

Suet624 Such a great book! 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 7mo
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AmyG
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Thank you my wonderful friend….what a great Hanukkah it‘s been! I look forward to reading these all…what great books. And those socks 🙌🏻. Next week it‘s supposed to snow and I will have to give in and actually wear socks. 😂
I so cherish out friendship (thank you Litsy). 😘
@Soubhiville

Soubhiville You‘re so welcome! I chose books from your TBR that I loved 🥰. Happy Hanukkah! 10mo
AmyG Ha…I chose books for you that I, also, loved! Mailing it Monday (if it doesn‘t snow early). 10mo
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sblbooks
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Incredible true story! Just imagine being wrongly convicted of murder and spending the next thirty years in solitary. The Injustice is poor man endured is unbelievable!
What an amazing testimony, despite all this he was able to forgive those that did him so wrong. It really makes you think what would you do in this situation? I definitely want to read Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson now.
#NonFictionNovember

Hooked_on_books Just Mercy is so good! And this one is marvelous. This man has so much grace, it‘s extraordinary. 10mo
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JenReadsAlot
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This was fantastic. And really pissed me off! My #bookspin for June @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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JenReadsAlot
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My #bookspin and #doublespin for June! Will put my #bookspinbingo board together after work! Thanks @TheAromaofBooks for doing this!!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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WriterAtHeart
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When I finished "Just Mercy" this week, this book was mentioned at the end. I took a look at my local library and I was lucky that the book was available to read. I picked it up and I am so glad I did. This narrative follows Anthony Ray Hinton, a man wrongly accused and sent to death row. It took decades before Mr. Hinton was released, and his story is powerful. Even more powerful is his drive to tell his story. 100% recommend this book!

Suet624 I agree. A terrific read. 1y
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MariahLovesBooks
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Wow! I'm glad I chose this to start 2021 with. 💞 He endured 30 years on death row and didn't allow it to break his spirit!

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CuriousG
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Day 5 of #12booksof2020

The Sun Does Shine is another AMAZING book I read (in this case listened to) this year. My favourite non-fiction of the year. Truly remarkable the hope & perspective Anthony Ray Hinton was able to maintain despite being in jail for so long for a crime he did not commit. A tale of hope, but it also details so many of the issues of systemic racism within the justice system & these made me so angry @ times I wanted to scream

Andrew65 Sounds like required reading. 2y
CuriousG @Andrew65 I think it should be required reading. I didn't think it could live up to the expectations I had going in, but I was wrong. Love when that happens! 2y
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Soubhiville
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I cannot fathom how this man went through all he endured and then managed to write such a hopeful, loving, forgiving book. This will definitely be in my top reads for this year. I‘m speechless.

MicheleinPhilly Isn‘t it just astonishing? This was one of my favorites the year I read it. Stories like his make me feel ashamed of how much I let little things get to me. 2y
Hooked_on_books Such a marvelous book. We can all learn from him how to be better. 2y
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Catsandbooks Your cat is adorable! 💖 2y
CBee Soubhi!!! I love Venkman! When did you get him? @Soubhiville (edited) 2y
Soubhiville @CBee he‘s been with us for about 2 months. He has settled in nicely to our family, even made friends with the dog. ❤️ 2y
CBee @Soubhiville I‘m so happy for y‘all. He‘s such a handsome boy. I love his curled ears ♥️ 2y
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Loveforlit2
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An intense look at the American judicial system. What was done to this man and so many individuals is an absolute shame. An eye opening read.

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CuriousG
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This book was so much more than I thought it would be. I raged and despaired, cried angry, sad, and finally happy tears. Hearing about the systemic and racial injustices that kept an innocent man on death row for almost 30 years, was very difficult, but worth every second. Our system was, and is still, broken, but I hold hope that we can still affect change. I do wish there was a bit more about life after he was freed though. Still a 5 star read

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Graciouswarriorprincess @Kathrin I just found that my alumni association is starting a book group and this is the first book to be read. 2y
Kathrin @Graciouswarriorprincess It's a tough read, but it helps to know that his case had a happy ending. 2y
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Cinfhen
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This is a real life WOW. Anthony Ray Hinton spent 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. He swore from the first moment that he was innocent and that one day justice would prevail. Justice came, but at such a price. Bryan Stevenson is a true hero, both men inspirations, voices for those silenced. Fantastic audio narration 🎧”Why does innocence have a price?” Our system is broken 💔

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Cinfhen
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At the half way point....Thank God I know this book ends well, because right now my blood is boiling 🤬The systemic racism is sickening 🤯😢#PopSummer20 #BookSpinBingo

LeeRHarry It‘s a rollercoaster alright! 2y
CuriousG I'm in the middle of listening to this one on audio. I find I need to take breaks as it can make me so mad!! 2y
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paulareadsallthetime
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Such a good book!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. One man‘s struggle to get justice after being put on death row for crimes he did not commit. I am in awe of his perseverance and how he used his time in prison.

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Melkyl
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This book was just so good. I am not sure how Ray Hinton remains so upbeat after losing 30 years of his life after wrongly being incarcerated on death row. His tale is tragic, and it definitely adds to the argument against the death penalty. How can killing by the state be justified when there are innocent people on death row? How is it fair that money often determines the outcome? Bryan Stevenson (Just Mercy) is a treasure.

LeeRHarry Just started this one today. 2y
Melkyl @LeeRHarry I hope you find it as interesting as I did. 2y
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shaynarae
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Just Mercy is getting a lot of attention, but this book is the memoir of the falsely accused man, rather than his lawyer. Hinton reflects on his 30 years on death row for a crime he didn‘t commit. This book is a heartbreaking but very real account racism in the justice system. Despite everything, Hinton holds up love, forgiveness, and hope.

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Two must-read books to understand how broken the judicial system is and how the right to a fair trial does not apply if you are not white. The Sun Does Shine chronicles a man who spent 28 years on death row for a crime he didn't commit. Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect shines a light on police brutality and makes a great case for #defundthepolice

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TheSpineView
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OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚☀️ 2y
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MelKelsey
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35: The autobiographical account of one innocent man's time spent on death row--30 years. This book educates about the shortcomings of our legal system, the inhumane conditions on death row and in prisons everywhere, and, through eliciting feelings of compassion and sympathy, it posits that the death penalty is never humane. You will cry, and you will feel called to help. A beautiful man with a beautiful story of hope in the face of despair.

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Eggs
Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row | Anthony Ray Hinton, Lara Love Hardin
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A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn't commit.

#sunshine
#bloomingbibliophiles
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
@OriginalCyn620

violabrain Fantastic book! Have you also read 2y
JaclynW I loved this book! 2y
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚😢 2y
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Eggs @violabrain No I haven‘t but have heard great things! 2y
Eggs @JaclynW Uplifting! 2y
Eggs @OriginalCyn620 ❤️🌸❤️ 2y
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Erynecki
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An extraordinary story of three decades of false imprisonment and the amazing capacity of the human spirit to still have hope, love, and belief that truth will prevail. Such loss and suffering and the failure of the justice system to address the mistakes and justly resolve the wrongs. If you haven‘t already read Bryan Stevenson‘s book, Just Mercy, or seen the documentary, 13th, those should also be on your list.

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Zoes_Human
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1. Yes. Yes. Yes. Uh-uh.

2. Depends on the book. Graphic Novel? 1 to 2 hours. A Brief History of Time? 11 months. Average fiction novel? Maybe 4 days average. Not really sure, especially since I read several at once.

3. Tagged. His story deserved better writing than this book had.

@eggs #wondrouswednesdays

Eggs Irony: The Brief (11 mos) history of Time!!!! 3y
Zoes_Human @Eggs 😂 😂 3y
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Cindyelizavaz
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This book stole my breath away. So much pain, yet so much strength in Ray to be able to go through what he did. One of the best book I've read this year.

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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This started slow, but once Hinton began describing his experience on death row, the story took on a new existence. Locked up 30 years for crime he didn‘t commit, yet he and his phenomenally dedicated attorney Bryan Stevenson (Just Mercy) kept fighting. That Hinton and his fellow death row inmates became an unlikely family is incredible. Our justice system is fundamentally flawed, and failed him on so many levels.

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Cindyelizavaz

Freedom was a ghost that haunted us all on the row, but most of all we were haunted by a past we could not go back and change. Loss and grief and a cold madness that defied words floated in the grime and filth that we were all coated in. Hell was real, and it had an address and a name.

Death Row, Holman Prison.

Where love and hope went to die.

- The Sun Does Shine, Anthony Ray Hinton

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Cindyelizavaz
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This.
My heart is so very broken just by reading this!
#nowreading

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Cindyelizavaz
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#bookmail day! Love it! #readinglist

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Beatlefan129
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I‘m middle class and white, so being arrested and accused of a crime is not something I‘ve really thought about. Anthony Ray Hinton didn‘t think about it either until one horrific day when he was arrested and told he was going to “take one for the team” because if he didn‘t commit those murders, some other poor black man probably did. The story of how he managed to hold on to his hope while on death row for 30 years is incredible.

ljuliel Great review. I need to read this sometime. 3y
umbrellagirl It amazes me that something like this could happen in my lifetime. 3y
MsLeah8417 I recommend also reading Chokehold by Paul Butler. 3y
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Skeebies05 Happy birthday 🎊🎈🎂!! I have a package for you on the way. I didnt want you to think I forgot❤️❤️❤️ 3y
Beatlefan129 @Skeebies05 You‘re the best! 🌹 I know I owe you a letter, I‘ll get on that soon 3y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Happy Birthday! There is a little something in the mail for you, so keep an eye out. 😊🎂 3y
Blueberry I too am middle class and white. My close friend (also middle class and white) was arrested for something they didn't do. After losing their job, friends, and considerable money it was shown they were innocent a year later. Demographics don't matter. It was horrifying, and life-changing and can happen to anyone. 3y
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Jasxnicole
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These were great reads. I learned a lot about capital murder cases and the death penalty, which really made me stop and think about my own feelings and if I‘ve changed my mind on my position. It definitely put things into perspective that not all cases are black and white, especially when there may be some foul play behind the scenes, so I‘m glad that I got accounts from both sides.

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Spoken into existence 🙌🏾

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Zoes_Human
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The narration is great and the topic interesting, but the book is not either.

First, most of chapter one was a sermon. Now that may be your thing and that's fine, but it's not mine. I live in the South. If I wanna go to church, I can find one. Second, and more importantly, it's just not written well and keeps repeating certain phrases like a cute orphan's catchphrase on a dying sitcom. Mr. Hinton's story deserves better writing.

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Zoes_Human
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“He was a poor man in a criminal justice system that treats you better if you are rich and guilty than if you are poor and innocent.”

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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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Sorry kinda late 😅
1. The cold temps brrrr ❄️🧥 👢 🧣
2. Tagged.
3. Sales! 😅
4. I'm a little late... But you're tagged if you haven't been tagged and wanna play!

Thank you @AmyG for the tag! ❤️
@Eggs #WondrousWednesday

AmyG Thanks for playing. 😘 3y
Eggs Late is never an issue for me ta-da!! Thanks for joining in 👏🏻❤️👏🏻 3y
Jee_HookedOnBookz @AmyG 😘thank you for thinking of me! ❤️ 3y
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Jee_HookedOnBookz @Eggs you're welcome! And thank you so much for creating #WondrousWednesday! ❤️ 3y
Eggs @Jee_HookedOnBookz My pleasure 🥰🥳 3y
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Addison_Reads
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Real life is often scarier than any supernatural, spooky fiction story. Anthony Ray Hinton went through something truly horrific. Sitting locked in a cell knowing you're an innocent man is the stuff nightmares are made of.

This book though has so much heart and hope against the terrible truth of our often flawed justice system.

Powerful read that will leave you with a lot to ponder.

#screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

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abookishbutterfly
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Do you have a lot of orange books?

I thought it would be fun to create a pumpkin with my books but upon seeking out books for this, I realized that I am extremely limited in the orange book color category! I‘m consistently amazed by things like this because I own such a ridiculous amount of books! Anyway, here‘s my best attempt with what I could find. 😂

marleed I don‘t own many orange hardbacks but I do to have a tall stack of orange paperbacks. I find book spine colors entertaining. I follow books by the foot on insta because it‘s interesting to see how they price a foot of random hardbacks (black spines the cheapest since the most common) 3y
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Reviewsbylola
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1 out of 10 people on death row is innocent.

I‘ll let that figure sink in and just say that Hinton is one of the most inspirational people I have ever read about. How Death Row didn‘t completely break him and transform him into a bitter and hateful person, I‘ll never know. Imagine almost 30 years on Death Row because you were born a black male. This type of injustice is intolerable and we should be furious about it.

Mdargusch that statistic is crazy! 3y
Hooked_on_books This book is incredible. He‘s a remarkable person. 3y
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LeahBergen Oh, man. That stat! 😮 3y
Megabooks Wow! 😢 3y
MicheleinPhilly This book shattered me. 3y
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Reviewsbylola
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Audio baking today! A blueberry lemon bundt cake in the instant pot and whole wheat chocolate chip cookies the “old fashioned” way. After a bit, I‘m going to do Dijon and pork rind encrusted chicken breaks in the air fryer and some homemade creamed spinach. 🙌🏻

BarbaraBB Looking good 🤪 3y
JacqMac Yum! 😋 3y
Emilymdxn You‘re making me so hungry! These look amazing 3y
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Leftcoastzen Yummy!🤤 3y
Daisey All of that sounds delicious! 3y
valeriegeary Oh my gosh. I'll be right over! 🤤 3y
AlaMich Okay, seriously, how did the lemon blueberry cake turn out? Because that is my favorite flavor combination and I have an instant pot. I tried making a cake in a regular slow cooker and the results were, shall we say, less than delicious. 3y
Tamra Yum yum yum! 3y
Mdargusch Thats a lot of cooking!
3y
saresmoore I‘m with @AlaMich here—it‘s my favorite flavor combo and I have an Instant Pot—is it as delicious as it looks? 3y
Reviewsbylola It turned out really well! It was the first time I baked in the instant pot. I‘m not sure I‘ll make a habit of it because I didn‘t find it any easier than just using the oven. @saresmoore @AlaMich 3y
AlaMich @Reviewsbylola I‘ve found that to be the case with a lot of the foods that were supposedly going to be “faster and easier” in the instant pot. Not so much. 3y
LeahBergen Yum! I baked some streusel-topped lemon blueberry muffins this week that were so good! 3y
Simona Looks amazingly delicious 😋 🤤 3y
Reviewsbylola Yeah, I‘ve always been perplexed about using it to bake. Same with baking in a slow cooker. It just doesn‘t make sense to me. But I figured I‘d try it to see if it was anything special. 😆 @AlaMich 3y
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marss
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“There‘s no way to know the exact second your life changes forever.” “I forgive because not to forgive would only hurt me.”

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