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Ceremony
Ceremony: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) | Leslie Marmon Silko
The great Native American Novel of a battered veteran returning home to heal his mind and spirit More than thirty-five years since its original publication, Ceremony remains one of the most profound and moving works of Native American literature, a novel that is itself a ceremony of healing. Tayo, a World War II veteran of mixed ancestry, returns to the Laguna Pueblo Reservation. He is deeply scarred by his experience as a prisoner of the Japanese and further wounded by the rejection he encounters from his people. Only by immersing himself in the Indian past can he begin to regain the peace that was taken from him. Masterfully written, filled with the somber majesty of Pueblo myth, Ceremony is a work of enduring power. The Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition contains a new preface by the author and an introduction by Larry McMurtry.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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LWagoner
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This is a beautifully written story of Tayo, a Laguna Indian of mixed race & his struggles with PTSD following returning home from WWII. Tayo journeys to find his way back to himself & his culture. The prose is absolutely beautiful & vivid.
P. 24 “...only humans resisted what they saw outside themselves”
P. 143 “He wanted to walk until he recognized himself again.”
P.204 “...love had outdistanced death.”

JazzFeathers It has been in my TBR so such a long time. Needs to find time to read it. 2mo
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Madelpadel
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To fully appreciate Ceremony definitely takes some focus, but you‘ll be glad you did. Many stories weaves together to ultimately form the story of Tayo, a biracial Native American, coming to peace with himself after being a prisoner of war. Beautiful Native American imagery, style and flow are constants throughout the novel. Every time I‘ve read this book I discover 100 things I didn‘t notice in past readings. Love it!

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RealLifeReading
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It felt like an oolong tea kind of morning this gloomy and chilly Saturday. I‘ve lived in this city for 9 years now and am still amazed by how much the weather can change in a few days. Thursday was sizzling hot and reached 29C. Yesterday was a little less hot, topping out at 24C and today we are expecting a high of 17C then we are back to 29C weather next week. It‘s a good day for drinking tea and reading books. How‘s the weather where you are?

BiblioLitten Lovely pic 🧡 7mo
Lindy Expecting a low of 2 C tonight. Currently 9 C, clear skies, windy. I will dress warmly for my walk to the library. 🌬 7mo
RealLifeReading @BiblioLitten thank you ❤️ 7mo
Lindy @RealLifeReading Bird bath water is iced over every morning but it soon melts. 🐦💦 7mo
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RealLifeReading
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In an attempt to read more of my own books, I brought this beauty with me to tennis class today and it will do great for the #indigenouswriter prompt for #booked2019

Cinfhen I still need to read a book for this prompt! Looks interesting 7mo
4thhouseontheleft I plan on reading one of her other books for this prompt, one that I picked up at a book warehouse sale years ago! 7mo
RealLifeReading @Cinfhen it is! But it is quite a difficult read and I think I will be reading this one rather slowly! 7mo
RealLifeReading @4thhouseontheleft oh didn‘t know she also had nonfiction! 7mo
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ulrichyumiodd
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Mehso-so

Tayo, a Native American man, comes back from the war with PTSD and tries to find a path to healing.

It‘s a short book, but it feels like a long read. I had to listen to the audiobook while reading the ebook to stay focused. I would recommend it for the beautiful writing style and the glimpse into Native American culture. However, it was not a book I would have picked if it was not for school, and it was not quite a book for me.

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The45Girl
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This novel is short but it moves quite slowly. We are let into the thoughts and memories of the main character, Tayo, a biracial Native American veteran has been left mentally traumatised by the World War. The novel‘s main theme is, perhaps appropriately for a novel, storytelling and I think Silko does a brilliant job of showing how the native stories are being replaced by those of broken people.

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Faith175
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Perfect day to read multiple books. Beginning with Ceremony! Forecasted for another 2-4” today!

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RealLifeReading
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Orange you loving these?
🍊 🐧

BrittanyReads I do! I only own The Crucible 11mo
ephemeralwaltz Loving them! 11mo
RedneckRebel154 Hmm this doesn't work with my English accent, it took me a couple of reads to work that out! Lol 11mo
JoScho I see what you did there 😉🧡 11mo
toric So pretty! 11mo
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jveezer
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So cool to be surprised by this single important illustration in a trade paperback. Wonder how hard they had to fight the beancounters to include it.

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jveezer
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Finished. Or beginning.

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jveezer
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My kinda Saturday...

Leftcoastzen Is there a scratch on that lovely guitar? Taylor? Martin? Other? 12mo
jveezer @Leftcoastzen Beloved Martin D16. Been around the block a few times with me. It‘s a crack. There‘s another on the back. But she still sings sweet... 12mo
Leftcoastzen Oh my , they do! Battle scars make them more interesting! 12mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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#riotgrams #nativeandigenousreads

I posted some of my favorite books by native authors yesterday. Today here are three by native and indigenous authors that are on my TBR!!!

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emilyhaldi
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SilversReviews LOVE the ORANGE. 13mo
Reviewsbylola Some good ones in there! 🍁☄️🍊🏀🦊🧡 13mo
CoverToCoverGirl So pretty...orange is my favorite color of course 😊 13mo
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JennyM So pretty! 13mo
Kalalalatja I haven‘t read any of these! 13mo
Cathythoughts 🧡lovely stack 13mo
britt_brooke Pretty! 🧡 13mo
Mdargusch 🎃🧡🎃 13mo
Nute Love that spine for The Thorn Birds!🧡 12mo
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collegecatlady
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Pickpick

It felt like I was on this journey with Tayo. Silko is a beautiful storyteller.

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collegecatlady
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🌿🌱🍃

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akfreeborn
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Pickpick

This book is about a culture‘s stories and the need to change and grow without forgetting those stories. Tayo is so full of empathy his losses and those of others and that he perceives he played a role in tears him up. The trauma of WWII and the challenges of being mixed race in a white world and his Native World is very revealing. Glad to have read this.

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Lindy
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The more I think about this #audiobook (narrated by Pete Bradbury), the greater my admiration. Circular, postmodern style; incorporates traditional Laguna Pueblo stories with the tale of a WWII vet returning home with PTSD. Vivid Southwest setting and the characters seem real (even the mythical ones!). The ending is especially strong: a parallel healing for individual and larger society. #Indigenous #OwnVoices

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Lindy
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Then they grow away from the earth
then they grow away from the sun
then they grow away from the plants and the animals.

They see no life.
When they look
they see only objects.
The world is a dead thing for them
the trees and the rivers are not alive.
the mountains and stones are not alive.
The deer and bear are objects.
They see no life.

They fear.
They fear the world.
They destroy what they fear.
They fear themselves.

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Lindy
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I will tell you something about stories […] They aren't just entertainment. Don't be fooled. They are all we have, you see, all we have to fight off illness and death.
#Indigenous #ownvoices

AceOnRoam ❤❤ 2y
Simona That‘s beautiful! 2y
JazzFeathers It's been on my TBR for such a long time... 2y
Lindy @JazzFeathers @simona @AceOnRoam There‘s an overall feeling of melancholia, but there‘s also a stark beauty in this novel. The prose itself is outstanding. 2y
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Lindy
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It was a light yellow snake covered with bright copper spots, like the wild flowers pulled loose and travelling.

(Internet photo)

Soubhiville Pretty! (Yes I‘m one of those strange women who likes snakes very much.) 2y
AmyG Omg how I hate snakes. 😬 2y
Lindy @Soubhiville Me too. Love the idea of snakes being travelling flowers. 2y
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Lindy @AmyG Sorry! Hope the photo wasn‘t too disturbing. 2y
AmyG @Lindy NO, it‘s ok. They just make my skin crawl. 2y
Redwritinghood @AmyG I‘m the same way. I break out in goosebumps whenever I see one. 2y
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Lindy
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Being alive was all right then: he had not breathed like that for a long time.

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Nonaroo
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I don‘t know what to say about this book. It‘s like nothing I‘ve ever read before. A majority of the novel isn‘t told in a linear timeline and that worked for me. Tayo returns to New Mexico after a stay in a veteran‘s hospital to deal with PTSD after WWII. He seeks the help of a medicine man when conventional medicine can‘t heal his anguish. The novel is like a poem, a love letter to nature, a way to make it through pain. Read it.

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Nonaroo

I survived my first semester of grad school! I want to read as much as I can before the semester starts on the 8th! I started Ceremony a few days ago. It seems like a book that needs to be read slowly because the writing is beautiful. First thing tomorrow I‘ll be opening my Secret Santa package!! I‘ve been staring at my box thinking, “Soon my friend!”🎅🏻🎁

megt Hooray! Congrats on wrapping up the first semester! 2y
Nonaroo @megt Thanks!! It felt crazy at first but everyone else felt the same so it was a comfort! 2y
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TK-421 ❤️ 2y
vivastory I seriously can't decide which of the two covers I love more 2y
Brie @vivastory Me neither. I have the blue one which I got before the orange one came out, but I really like both. I love the design of the penguin orange collection. 2y
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vivastory I've thought about buying all of the Penguin orange collection. As far as I know it's complete & at only 12 titles, it's more financially manageable than the drop caps 2y
Brie @vivastory Yeah those drop caps are gorgeous but way too expensive for me. I have only one of the Orange collection, We Have Always Lived in the Castle. 2y
merelybookish Such a great quote!! 2y
JazzFeathers Such a beautigul quote 😍 2y
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batsy
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Thanks for tagging @erzascarletbookgasm, here are five of my #fivestarpredictions. I am convinced they will be wonderful which is probably why I've put them off for so long? Who knows how my brain works 😐

Tagging anyone who's interested and @Leftcoastzen @sisilia @EvieBee84 @LauraBrook @redheadrambles if you're in the mood ☺️ (pick 5 books in your TBR that you think are going to be 5-star reads)

TrishB That's what I do!! 2y
batsy @TrishB I guess we just love the anticipation 😁 2y
MicheleinPhilly Me too! I've been thinking about which books to feature in my post and every one I think, "Why haven't I read this yet?" 2y
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thenamesbondvagabond The Master and Margarita is definitely worthy of 5 stars! 😊 2y
batsy @MicheleinPhilly The reader's eternal struggle! 2y
batsy @thenamesbondvagabond I am glad to hear it ☺️ 2y
batsy Oops I meant to tag you @EvieBee. I seemed to have tagged a nonexistent user! 😳 2y
Jess_Read_This I just tagged you in mine and saw you already out yours out there! ❤️ Great predictions! 2y
batsy @Jess_Read_This Thank you! I loved seeing yours, When Women Were Birds seems like a must-read! 2y
batsy Thank you for the tag @Redwritinghood @rubyslippersreads, these are my choices posted earlier 😊 2y
batsy Thank you @nabilareads these were some of my predictions :) 2y
batsy Some of my predictions, @Kammbia1 2y
Kammbia1 @batsy I read Tracks. My only time reading Louise Erdrich. Beautifully written but not for me. Hope you like it. Thanks for the tag. 2y
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jen_hayes7
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Wow. This is probably one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. It's difficult and painful, but also vivid and lyrical. Silko is an amazing storyteller. I also really enjoyed the Preface which explained part of how the book came to be. #litsyatoz #readharder2017

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jen_hayes7
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"That was the responsibility that went with being human, old Ku'oosh said, the story behind each word must be told so there could be no mistake in the meaning of what had been said; and this demanded great patience and love." #litsyatoz #readharder2017 #readharder

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JazzFeathers
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#JubilantJuly #MinimalisticCover

I really need to finally read this book. It has been in my TBR for a few years now.
I know this is a very intrispective book and l'm a bit intimidated

readinginthedark It's so good but brutal. 2y
readinginthedark @JazzFeathers Well, several of the characters are suffering from PTSD and other issues from being at war. Things get violent both in their minds and in reality at a couple of points in the book. Just be prepared. 2y
JazzFeathers @readinginthedark Yes, it dies sound brutal. But l think l'll read it all the same 2y
readinginthedark @JazzFeathers Definitely worth it, I think. 2y
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readordierachel
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My experience with books by indigenous authors is woefully lacking, something I really need to rectify. This book, about a Native American man suffering from PTSD after WWII, was recommended to me awhile back and seems like it might be a good place to start.

#indigenousauthors #junebookbugs
@RealLifeReading

vivastory I keep meaning to read this. Plus, do I even need to say it? ♥ that cover! 2y
RealLifeReading I really need to read this one! 2y
Zelma I know I am in the minority but I hated that book! Had to read it for a college class and couldn't even finish. My dad read it after me and still razzes me (20 years later) that at least he finished it! 🙄😂 2y
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readordierachel @vivastory Isn't it lovely? Sometimes simplicity is the most beautiful. 2y
readordierachel @RealLifeReading It sounds like a good one! 2y
readordierachel @Zelma 😂😂😂 2y
JazzFeathers Haven't read it yet. Been a bit intimidated by it. But since l'm now researching veterans for a project if mine, it may be the right time to dive in 😆 2y
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JazzFeathers
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#JuneBookBugs #IndigenousAuthors
#NativeBooks

Haven't read it yet. I know it will be very similar to Momaday, it will be very spiritual, and l'm kind of intimidated. But l will come to it 😊

readordierachel This was my pick too! I've heard great things about it. 2y
batsy I have this one too. It does sound intimidating but so good. 2y
JazzFeathers @ReadOrDieRachel lt is a classic, this much l know. Maybe that's part of what intimidates me. But l will get to it! 2y
JazzFeathers @batsy True. All this talking about it is making me want to read it 😆 2y
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tea.n.books
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All of the #NativeAmerican and #Indigenous authors on my shelves, a good primer of Native American lit. Of them all, Ceremony is probably my favorite, but the story of Zitkala-ša's life is also really cool. She was an early 20th c. badass ✊🏽 #junebugbooks #junebookbugs

Lindy ❤️ 2y
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strangemelodies
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One of my husbands favorite books. I'm practically being forced to read it lol

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dairine
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Currently teaching this one with AP Lit. It is heart-wrenching and beautiful and chaotic and soothing all at once. The motifs in this novel--my GODS, to have her skill. Silko, you are lovely.

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LitsyFeministBookClub
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Happy (slightly belated) birthday, Leslie Marmon Silko! Her books Ceremony & Almanac of the Dead are great looks at colonialism, racism, gender, & life as a Laguna Pueblo woman. 🏜

#bookishbirthdays #authorbirthdays #nativebooks #indigenouslit

paperboats91 I'm reading Ceremony for uni this month! Really looking forward to it ❤ happy birthday Leslie! 🎉 3y
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Brie
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Tayo returns to the Laguna Pueblo reservation after his time as a POW in Japan during WWII. He finds it difficult to transition, plagued by undiagnosed PTSD and the ravages of the reservation including destruction of nature by white men, racism, and alcoholism. He turns to traditional ceremony and stories as a way to heal himself. This novel is filled with beautiful and brutal imagery. In the end, Tayo's spiritual journey is richly satisfying.

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readinginthedark
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#tbt I finished Ceremony two years ago today. There was a calm intensity that came over me while I was reading this book, and it really set the tone for the story. Time has a relational quality that makes complete sense with a main character who has PTSD. The veterans all have scars of some type, even Emo, who seemingly just goes crazy with blood lust. I was holding my breath at the end. This book was fantastic.

Alicia Just listened to a podcast where they talk about this book, sounds wonderful! I will have to pick it up. 3y
readinginthedark @Alicia It's a tough one, both with format and brutality, but worth it! 3y
Flaneurette Read this many years ago and still think about it. Glad to see others talking about it! 3y
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readinginthedark @Flaneurette It sticks with you! 3y
JazzFeathers It has been in my TBR list for a while. I don't know why, l expected something different. Now l really want to read it :) 3y
readinginthedark @JazzFeathers Yeah, it's really hard to describe after reading it. I think every review I've read about it says something different. 3y
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ReadosaurusText
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These books with #onewordtitles seem to have a theme of Other. I've read She and Orientalism; Ceremony is on my #tbr list. #riotgrams @bookriot

cewilf Ceremony is amazing 👍 3y
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Anna40
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Beautiful, mesmerizing and intense! Sometimes it was difficult for me to discern reality from dream.

Faibka Sounds like a good read! 3y
Anna40 @Faibka It is a beautifully written story. You might enjoy it. 😊 3y
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JHgotham
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Reading the paper and having some tea (easier in pre-made tea bags than the real plant) to celebrate MLK day and my heritage

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Anna40
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... only humans had to endure anything, because only humans resisted what they saw outside themselves. Animals did not resist. But they persisted, because they became part of the wind.

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JenFowler
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"Josiah said that only humans had to endure anything, because only humans resisted what they saw outside themselves. Animals did not resist. But they persisted, because they became part of the wind. So they moved with the snow, became part of the snowstorm which drifted up against the trees and fences. And when they died, frozen solid against a fence, with the snow drifted around their heads? (...) "the wind convinced them they were the ice."

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JenFowler
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I took a detour from the book I tagged to read a steamy romance-y Kindle book that isn't yet on Litsy. 'Yours To Bare' by Jessica Hawkins. I haven't read one from this genre for a while and figured it was about time! It was better than 50 Shades. A little more to this story than the sex scenes. I stayed up waaay too late to finish it. Would totally recommend it!
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“Don‘t hide who you are, it'll come out somehow, someday.."

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Sarrie
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I am so excited! Hubby got me one of the beautiful Penguin Orange Collections I wanted! It is so gorgeous in person, and after reading the preface I'm really pumped!

JazzFeathers That is a beautiful edition :) 3y
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colindickey
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It's been two decades since I last read Silko's Ceremony, and it's a) as good as I remember, b) better than I remember, c) a masterpiece, d) extremely relevant for the current moment.

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BookishFeminist
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Day 14 of #PhotoaDayNov16: #OrangeCovers! The new Penguin Orange Collection covers are perfect for today's challenge. This is the one I picked up at Book Culture this weekend. Look at this cover!! 😍 This is one of my favorite books. I'm making an effort to buy lots of #NativeBooks for #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth, and I couldn't resist this beautiful edition of Ceremony. 📙💓

AMVP That's beautiful! I'll have to look into this series. 3y
BookishFeminist @AMVP They were just released within the month! They're all beautiful. I want them all. 3y
GuiltyFeat I don't know the book but that looks gorgeous. 3y
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erinreads I'm slowly trying to collect them all. I already have about half in other editions so it's not pressing. But they're just so prettyyyyyy. 3y
Gleefulreader That is a gorgeous cover! 3y
LeahBergen That cover! 😍 3y
[DELETED] 3323341091 i love this book. 3y
BookishFeminist @GuiltyFeat @erinreads @Gleefulreader @LeahBergen All of the covers for these editions are stunners. I love every single one of them! 3y
BookishFeminist @fern Me too, one of my favorites. Time to revisit it soon. 💓 3y
Kitta I love these covers! So beautiful. I entered to win some on Goodreads, fingers crossed. 3y
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Nebklvr
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Tayo's cousin, Rocky, had talked him into joining the war effort. Tayo who was already aware of the cost of "duty" as he had been raised by an unwilling Aunt. After Tayo returns from WWII without Rocky, his descent into a maelstrom of survivor's guilt and PTSD almost cost him sanity and life. The narrative of this story is shifting time lines, a vague chronology which makes it feel all the more real and devastating.

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