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White Fragility
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism | Robin DiAngelo
Groundbreaking book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when discussing racism that serve to protect their positions and maintain racial inequality In this groundbreaking and timely book, antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility. Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo explores how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.
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Come-read-with-me
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“As I move through my daily life, my race is unremarkable. I belong when I turn on the TV, read best-selling novels, and watch block-buster movies. I belong when I walk past the magazine racks at the grocery store or drive past billboards.... I may feel inadequate in light of my age or weight, but I will belong racially. .....(When) Rihanna introduced a make-up line for women of all skin colors gratitude from women of colour poured in. Many of ...

Come-read-with-me @Come-read-with-me ..their tweets included the exclamation “Finally!” These are tweets I have never needed to send. (p. 52.) 2w
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Come-read-with-me
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#NFNov is really pushing me to read books that address “uncomfortable” ideas. ‘White Fragility‘ falls squarely in the uncomfortable category. This is scholarly examination of what implicit racism really looks like and how it is endemic in society. The concepts discussed raw, confrontational, and a clarion call for taking a fearless and naked look at your own behaviour and how it impacts others. It rocked me to my core. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Come-read-with-me @Come-read-with-me #TIL. The term ‘White woman‘s tears.” I never realized the cultural impact of this. 2w
Clwojick 9pts! 1w
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Reviewsbylola
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New book acquisitions today. 🥰 #botm

L_auren I couldn‘t put Anna down. I was on my honeymoon and still found time to rush through it. 😂 7d
Reviewsbylola Glad to see you back @L_auren !! Congrats on your wedding! 🥳🥳 7d
L_auren @Reviewsbylola thank you!!! 6d
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Come-read-with-me @megnews I just started this boom. Thanks for sharing the amazing quote. 👍🏻 2w
rsteve388 Looks like a TIL... ? Yes 4 pts 2w
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megnews
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THIS.

#NFNov

rsteve388 1 pt... Tell me if it's. TIL :) 2w
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megnews
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#UnpopularOpinion so far. The academic tone at the beginning of the book was a turnoff as it‘s not what I enjoy in my personal reading. While I agree with the MANY reviews that state all white people should read this, people who need to the most are least likely. Her experience as a diversity trainer could have indicated that her tone alone would turn even the few who might pick up the book off. I‘ll stick with it for now & see how it goes. #NFNov

rsteve388 1 pt also I agree about her very academic tone. It happens throughout the whole book.. 2w
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Chelsey
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Brilliant, difficult, essential. This should be required reading for every white person alive. Other races can benefit too, but we are the ones who need to hear this. Regardless of our gender, socioeconomic status, or sexual orientation, we benefit from the system if we are white and absolutely need to sit with ourselves and conduct an honest and thorough self examination.

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iread2much
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Very well written and offers some good & some important insights. Interesting to learn that most white people aren‘t generally taught about race but rather learn it through socialization. As a child of mixed race, my father spent a lot of time teaching us about race in the USA, so it helped me understand why white ppl react they way they do. I wish there was more help for readers about how to get past pain/fear/embarrassment and be helpful

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This passage speaks to my daily life. I often don‘t confront white ppl about their instances of racism and supporting a racist system. I generally think it‘s because I look white and when I do this I have to 1. Confront them, 2. Deal with their (negative) reaction 3. Fight with them about my “right” to speak to this issue 4. Fight with them about how their denial of my race and experiences is a form of racism and so on. So this passage spoke to me

gradcat And what you say is indeed sad to me, because it illustrates the divides between peoples that are caused by simply not being up-front with these things. This is precisely why the need for conversation regarding race is so necessary, and in all likelihood, ongoing. We can never know how another person feels inside of their own skin unless we talk about how we feel inside of our own, and vice-versa. I am honestly sorry that “white fragility” is ⬇️ 3w
gradcat Cont. ⬆️ a thing, because it‘s an impediment to open & honest discussion, but that doesn‘t negate the fact of it. Sounds like a good read, this book.... (edited) 3w
iread2much @gradcat it‘s very well written and I think is worth reading. I think the problem with it is that many of the white peoples I know and work with think if they read this it‘s enough, but it‘s really not. I wish the author put in a few chapters with instructions for how ppl can open themselves and how to prepare for the pain. That‘s the hard part I think, but maybe that‘s for the workshop/a forthcoming book. But thanks! 3w
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gradcat @iread2much You‘re quite welcome & thank you for bringing the book to my attention! ♥️ 3w
iread2much @gradcat you are welcome. I look forward to seeing your post on this book sometime in the future 3w
gradcat @iread2much Hopefully I will find some time sooner rather than later—I‘ve not been able to get a lot of reading done lately. But I‘m going to stack it, so I don‘t forget about it. 📚 👍 😉 3w
iread2much @gradcat 😊 it‘s hard to find time, I only was able to do it because it‘s so well written 3w
gradcat Well, that is certainly high praise, and a big plus for me. ♥️ 3w
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Aimeesue
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Please don‘t give these “I can‘t possibly be a racist because…” lines. They are (1) designed to defend yourself from perceived criticism of being a bad person, and (2) not relevant when discussing systemic racism.
But the Canadian bit kills me. 😂

Come-read-with-me @Aimeesue it is pretty funny! 1mo
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Aimeesue
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Because white people hear the word “racism” and think you‘re talking about biased individual acts perpetrated by bad people when in reality, you‘re talking about the systemic narratives of white people‘s beliefs, appearance, rules, laws, etc being the “default setting” and thus reinforcing our status and privilege and othering everyone who doesn‘t fit that standard. Which was set up by us, so …

Aimeesue Definitely a fitting book for October. It‘s very scary. 1mo
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Clint
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Very good book. It has helped me see more deeply the racism around me and in me. I want to do better. Thankful for the author and her powerful words.

SW-T Very good book. If you haven‘t already read it, you might also like 2mo
Clint Thank you, I will check those out for sure! 2mo
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Aimeesue @SW-T Kendi's books are excellent. See also 2w
SW-T @Aimeesue I‘ve read that one and it was also good 😊 2w
Aimeesue @SW-T Right? Kendi grew up around D.C., where I now live and went to -I kid you not - Stonewall Jackson High School. And yes, it's still called that. Bleh. 2w
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Soubhiville
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What an informative and insightful book. I know I should return it because there are several holds after me, but I kind of want to listen to it again.

I learned things about myself during this book. I very much recommend it.

Samplergal Wasn‘t it great? Hard to read at times, but every person should read it. 2mo
Christine Yup, so great. I plan to reread this repeatedly. 2mo
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Christine
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I am very far from the first person to say so on Litsy or elsewhere, but this really feels like an essential read. No matter how compassionate or progressive or woke we white people might think we are, we all often behave in ways that perpetuate racial inequality. DiAngelo provides great tips for ditching our defensiveness, confronting our ingrained racist thought and behavior patterns, and for actively striving to be antiracist.

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Connster
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Every white person should read this and read it again.

Ddzmini Putting it on my tbr 📖😋 2mo
Connster @Ddzmini Awesome! It‘s so good! And so important! 2mo
Addison_Reads I agree! Very important read. 2mo
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Connster
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This book is just brilliant. The quote above sums up something I‘ve been thinking about a lot recently.

Bath bomb is Lush‘s Kitsune and it smells and feels amazing. 🛁 🧼 🛀 💣 🍊 🐱☄️🧽

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Wish I could get all the white people in the US to read this.

Addison_Reads I completely agree with your post. I read this and instantly started telling people to read it. 2mo
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Connster
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I can‘t wait until the weekend: books and bath bombs! 🛁 🧼 🛀 📚 📖 💣

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Connster
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I really wish I was back in Mexico, reading on a day bed, rather than here. Work was poo, than I went to the dentist, who accidentally numbed the wrong side of my mouth! She realised her error and did the correct side before starting any actual work, but I ended up having three injections instead of just one. To add insult to injury, I drooled all the way home! 🤤 ☀️ 🇲🇽 💩 🦷 📚 📖 🏖 🏝

Butterfinger Hopefully, it will only get better. 2mo
Connster @Butterfinger Thank you, I hope so! I‘ve managed to get an early night with my book, so I already feel better 😊 2mo
Ruthiella Oh no! That dentist! 😱 (edited) 2mo
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cherinium I would be livid about the dentist. It's bad enough getting one side numbed. 🤤 2mo
Connster @Ruthiella So annoying!! 😡 2mo
Connster @cherinium It is! I couldn‘t eat anything for 3 hours and I was absolutely ravenous! I‘m so glad she realised before actually doing any drilling though! 😡 2mo
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Connster
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I finished the last couple of books that I was ambling through and then had major TBR paralysis and couldn‘t decide what to go for next. I‘ve decided on this, as I‘ve been reading lots of history books recently and thought it was time for a change. The hot chocolate is peanut butter flavour from Whittard and it‘s magical. 🥜 ☕️ 📚 🍫 😋

BarbaraTheBibliophage I just bought this one. Looking forward to your review! 2mo
Connster @BarbaraTheBibliophage Cool! I‘m really hoping it‘s good! 2mo
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I switched jobs a year ago and went from a library with 6 poc out of a staff of 10 to a library where I am the only person of color in our staff of 12. Needless to say it‘s been a huge adjustment, I definitely took my previous colleagues and our shared experiences for granted. This book is putting some things into perspective and helping me to remember that I‘m not being overly sensitive. Also, micro aggressions are a thing.

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Required reading for all white people!

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monalyisha Whoa. LOVE that quote! Powerful. 3mo
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Connster
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This arrived this afternoon, which is very exciting as it‘s been on my Amazon wish list for a long time! I might start it tonight, depending on how far I get with my ‘Hourly Histories‘

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Weekend reading! Balancing the serious with fluff.

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Well-ReadNeck
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An uncomfortable (and that‘s a very good thing) read. Flows seamlessly into my Current read How to be an Antiracist.

UnabridgedPod I totally agree. Amazing and thought-provoking book. I listened the first time and really should re-read. 4mo
ruskigurl16 Important to read these types of books. Especially with the current climate. 4mo
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Finished, after many rereads and much highlighting and tabs. This book reinforced a lot of what I learned in college while earning my Sociology degree but like Robin mentioned, you're never done learning. There was also a lot of new information. I can see how this could be hard for some people to read this but I promise it's worth it. Go in with an open mind. I'm looking forward to checking out the Further Reading section 4⭐ #24in48 #00h29m

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Wow! This was an uncomfortable but very important read. I have so much to think about and unpack. I highly recommend this one!

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Drop everything and read this book.

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Samplergal
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Open your mind and hearts. Read this book. Share this book. We must do better and this is the first step. 5🌟 I cannot recommend this book more. #racism #DoBetter

LyndseyReads I‘m waiting for this on Libby. Glad to hear good things! 5mo
Samplergal @LyndseyReads I waited for three months! Worth it. It‘s a quick read, but I‘m thinking of purchasing it. 5mo
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Samplergal
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Everyone. Read. This.

merelybookish 🙌 5mo
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howjessreads
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#30junebooks - day 19 - reading place. One of my most frequent reading places is my car! I love audiobooks, and they make drives so much more fun. •
(Also, guys, WHITE FRAGILITY is wrecking me. I‘ve read a lot about social justice in the last few years, and racial reconciliation is important to me, but ooooof this book is hitting painfully close to home.) 💔❤️

Kimberlone Awesome that your car actually displays the audiobook cover art! 5mo
BooknerdsLife Hahaa I used to get a lot of reading done in my car too 😂 But not with audio books, just from reading in the car while waiting for my kid from school or other after school activities 😆🤗 Really miss those days! 5mo
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howjessreads
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Reading this book on Juneteenth feels very appropriate. I could quote from it all day, but here is one I made a bookmark of in my audiobook. “My race is unremarkable. I belong, when I turn on the tv, read bestselling novels, and watch blockbuster movies. I belong, when I walk past the magazines racks at the grocery store or drive past billboards. I belong...” #howjessreadsin2019 #juneteenth #whitefragility

Ashley_Nicoletto Oh man. This quote makes me want to read it more. 5mo
Samplergal I started it yesterday. So. Good. 5mo
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Pictured are my two 5-star reads for May

This month was a strange reading month (read more: http://readingenvy.blogspot.com/2019/05/books-read-may-2019-118-133.html)...

Books read: 16
DNF (not included in this list): 6

Print: 7
eBook: 7
Audio: 2

Personal copy: 3
Library copy: 6
Review copy: 7

Asia 2019 project: 1
Readalong or group reads: 2
Tournament of Books Summer Camp: 1

HardcoverHearts Robin D‘Angelo!!! ✊🏻❤️ She is fantastic. 6mo
readordierachel 16 books is still a more than respectable showing for 1 month! Also, I applaud your ability to DNF 👏🏼 6mo
ReadingEnvy @HardcoverHearts yes it was really a great read 6mo
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ReadingEnvy @readordierachel I'm hoping the DNFs will clear the way for good reads in June. My first one so far has been fantastic! 6mo
readordierachel Oh yay! I'm on the hold list for that one. Glad to hear it's good! Are you doing print or audio? 6mo
HardcoverHearts And what a combo of books right there. I‘m eagerly anticipating your review of Gone With the Wind! I‘m assuming you will talk about it in your podcast... 6mo
ReadingEnvy @readordierachel ihad an eARC 6mo
ReadingEnvy @HardcoverHearts yes! Special readalong episode with the Book Cougars 6mo
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FeministBookClub
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Last chance to snag the June subscription box, featuring White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. We include fun products from woman-owned businesses, we donate 5% of sales to a different feminist organization each month, and all discussions are conducted virtually so you can join us from anywhere! Order your box today: www.feministbookclub.com/shop

rmaclean4 I got a lot out of this book. So glad I read it. 6mo
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notreallyelaine
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Helpful both for examining my own behavior and for having the words and context to hold others accountable, especially older folks. A quick read.

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ReadingEnvy
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I've spent the last month discussing this book in a Goodreads group. I feel like it should be required reading for all white people. DiAngelo ends the book with very practical ideas that I found very useful.

djh It has been in my bookcase for far too long, unread. It‘s time to remedy that. Thanks for the prompt! 6mo
ReadingEnvy @djh the individual chapters are short and it's pretty readable on some levels (but very hard on others! 6mo
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CatherClone
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Finished this last night. I never heard the term “white woman tears” before and it struck a cord. Loved this passage. Anyway. Read this book.

MarkoPDX Judging from this passage alone, I think this is a must-read for me. Everybody wants to position themselves as a victim, but the fact is, so actually have been victims of the institutions of our country. Everybody else who wants a piece of the victim pie are just trying to use it to hold their position of privilege. 6mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Looks like a great read, I‘m just starting White Rage and they seem like they would go together. 5mo
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CatherClone
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Preach!

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FeministBookClub
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Our June book of the month is White Fragility: Why It‘s So Hard for White People to Talk About Race by Robin DiAngelo. This is sure to inspire challenging yet necessary conversations in our discussion group and I‘m looking forward to it.
Want to join us? Visit www.feministbookclub.com/shop for all our membership options!

Jee_HookedOnBookz What a great pick! 6mo
FeministBookClub @Jee_HookedOnBookz Our members have excellent taste. They suggest titles and then we vote on them to choose our book of the month! 6mo
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SarahKKillion
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True story. Read up, buttercup.

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Absolutely essential reading for white people who want to be less racist. I‘ve been looking for a book like this for SO long and I think every white person could benefit from reading it. It made me think about myself and my reactions to things a lot in a way that I hope will be useful making me a more useful anti-racist person going forward, and I feel much more empowered and able to discuss racist behaviour with other white people now.

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Karen.reads
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Books read in February #februarybooks #bookbingo2019

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abbielistenstobooks
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Highly recommend this book to any and all white people

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SW-T
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This book that asks quite simply what do you believe and why, and asks you to look honestly at yourself and your own internal biases and resistance to the notion that yes, you might be racist, prejudiced, biased, etc, no matter how well-intentioned. If you refuse to see or acknowledge that there‘s a problem, you are part of the problem. Social and cultural forces reinforce certain views, and if we want true progress we need new vision.

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Some people live in racially isolated areas, so their understanding of people who don‘t look like them is drawn from film, television, and books. If we rely on stereotypes or negative imagery, it‘s harmful long term. All Muslims are not terrorists, all Latinx people aren‘t illegal immigrants, all black people aren‘t lazy, etc. At the end of the day, most of us want the same things, we just don‘t always agree on how to achieve them.

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Listening to this while cleaning the house. So far this is a must read.

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ColleenIsReading
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I started this but will have to come back to it later. The news in the world and personal stuff (cancer in the family) is too much right now. It‘s an important book and I do want to read it but I just can‘t do serious and tough at this moment. I need fluff and escapism for a while.

Monica5 Cancer Sucks!! Prayers for you and your family. I have lost an aunt and three uncles from it. And one Aunt has had breast cancer twice 8mo
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