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Sugar Land
Sugar Land | Tammy Lynn Stoner
1923 in Midland, Texas, and Miss Dara falls in love with her best friend--who also happens to be a girl. Terrified, Miss Dara takes a job at Sugar Land Prison for men, hoping to keep her secret attractions under lock and key. Once there, she befriends inmate and soon-to-be legendary blues singer Leadbelly, who sings his way out (true story)--but only after he makes her promise to free herself from her own prison. Sugar Land is a triumphant, beautiful debut novel about the heart's refusal to be denied what the heart wants.
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quietjenn
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What a lovely package, @TerriGreen! Perfect book selection, the cutest note pads and bookmarks and cozy indulgences. Thank you ever so much and happy Valentines! #cupidgoespostal @BookishMarginalia 😍💖

CouronneDhiver Great gifts! 6mo
TerriGreen I am so glad you liked it! I had so much fun shopping! 6mo
quietjenn @TerriGreen thank you so much! I really appreciate your efforts! 6mo
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LauraBeth
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Acoustic, gritty, bleak and sparse - and funny and hopeful. You may be tempted to bail - stick with it! You‘ll be glad you did.

“No life is easy, and no life is hard; it‘s just what adjectives you choose to use to describe it.”

Full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2677894510

Thanks to @MicheleinPhilly and @Reggie for recommending this. 😘

PS - Leo has been here a day and already acts like this is his castle...😹

Dragon 😻 7mo
AlaMich Congrats on the new critter! 😻 (edited) 7mo
JSW My ginger was Leopold. 😱 😍 Welcome! 7mo
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robinb Awww, he‘s a cutie! ❤️ 7mo
Bookzombie Love him! 💕🐱 7mo
Reggie Nice GR review!!! Glad you liked it!!! 7mo
batsy He looks so sweet! 7mo
Suet624 Your review on GR is 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👌👌👍👍 7mo
Izai.Amorim Great review. Will check it out when I have more time. 7mo
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LauraBeth
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Starting this one 💃

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LauraBeth
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It‘s going to be the year of Sugar...🍭🍭

Hestapleton I just got SUGAR RUN from the library this week and I‘m hoping to start it soon. You‘ll have to tell me what you think! (edited) 7mo
MicheleinPhilly I can‘t wait to hear what you think of Sugar Land! 7mo
Reggie Oh, I hope you like Sugar Land!! 7mo
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UwannaPublishme Oh, this one sounds so good. Hi adorable Bitsy! 🐶👋🏻 7mo
DGRachel Oh, look at that sweet puppy! 7mo
heikemarie Pupper!! 7mo
AlaMich IMO, that will make a nice change from The Year(s) of The Girl. 😠 7mo
LauraBeth @Hestapleton I‘m going to have to start it soon too since my copy is also from the library and probably has a million holds on it! 7mo
LauraBeth @MicheleinPhilly and @Reggie Y‘all are the reasons I‘m reading Sugar Land! 7mo
LauraBeth @UwannaPublishme Bitsy says 👋👋 7mo
LauraBeth @DGRachel that was after her morning jog 😹 7mo
LauraBeth @heikemarie she‘s a big cat 😻 7mo
LauraBeth @AlaMich I know!! 7mo
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Reggie
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It‘s the 1920‘s and Dara has fallen in love with her best friend, Rhodie. Once they‘ve been found out Dara exiles herself to working in a men‘s prison in Sugar Land, TX, where she learns that sometimes not being able to accept yourself is a prison of its own. The rest of her life is breaking out of that prison. There was such an unapologetic frankness to this novel that I came to appreciate. I feel lighter in spirit having read this. A good read.

Reggie @queerbookreader I think you might like this. It reminded me a lot of OGN Bingo Love. 8mo
TrishB And a great review 👍🏻 8mo
queerbookreader Ooooooooo if it's like bingo love i have to read it thank you for tagging me!! 8mo
Megabooks Great review! 8mo
Suet624 Another one of your reviews just adding to my stack of books to be read. 8mo
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Reggie
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I‘m really liking this book. Wasn‘t sure if I was gonna like this but it definitely has me now.

TrishB Powerful stuff👍🏻 8mo
CouronneDhiver Great quote! 8mo
Reggie @TrishB just finished, so good. @CouronneDhiver Thanks!! Hope you love HP! 8mo
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MicheleinPhilly I loved this one! 8mo
Reggie @MicheleinPhilly I just finished it. It was great. I really loved Dara. 8mo
MicheleinPhilly Same. I think this was probably my most pleasant surprise of 2018. Had it not been for the TOB longlist I would have completely missed it. 8mo
TrishB Stacked - you and @MicheleinPhilly recommending is good enough for me 👍🏻 8mo
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Mindyrecycles
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This debut novel is on the Tournament of Books long list. I have it on Kindle and hope to get to it soon. #Tob2019 #candyland #seasonsreadings

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MicheleinPhilly
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Had it not been for the TOB longlist I fear this book would have passed me by and that would have been a damn shame.

This absolutely wonderful debut is so full of heart and pluck and spunk and humor and sadness and LIFE.

It won‘t appeal to everyone - there is a healthy heaping of racism, homophobia, and misogyny and TW: sexual assault and body shaming.

But I adored it. 4.5⭐️ Available on Hoopla.

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 8mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB Thanks dear! Hope you are fully recovered! 😘 8mo
TrishB Thank you 😘 back to work Monday 😔 but only 8 working days until finish for Christmas so I think I can grit my teeth through that! 8mo
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merelybookish Good to hear! I thought it might be one of the unsung gems on the #tob longlist. 8mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB I have 10 including tomorrow and then I‘m done for the year. I‘m chomping at the bit. 8mo
MicheleinPhilly @merelybookish One of the reasons why I love the TOB! 8mo
batsy It piqued my interest because of the TOB, too! Glad to hear you liked it. 8mo
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Courtneyjo_reads
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12.2.18 Won this book from a giveaway on Instagram. It even came with a cute bookmark! 💖 Excited to read it 📚

#bookish #giveaway #bookmail #bookshark #booksparks