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Nickel Boys
Nickel Boys | Colson Whitehead
In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida. As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South in the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called The Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual and moral training" so the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men." In reality, The Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors, where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear "out back." Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold on to Dr. King's ringing assertion "Throw us in jail and we will still love you." His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked and the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble. The tension between Elwood's ideals and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades. Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought, the boys' fates will be determined by what they endured at The Nickel Academy. Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.
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DrexEdit
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Did a little book shopping today. Can't wait to start this one!

crazyspine Enjoy! I loved it. 12h
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SamAnne
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Taking some quiet time before heading after a long work today. Contentment is a book, a beer, burger and my border collie.

Ruthiella Nice alliteration!😀 2d
SamAnne @Ruthiella oh I‘m a such a single-minded sucker for it. 1d
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Two more treats 😋

Tanisha_A 😍 2d
ephemeralwaltz @Tanisha_A that color combo! 2d
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litenthusiast
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Book Haul - it always feels like all my library holds come in at the same time. 😺

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Mitch
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There‘s violence quietly boiling under ever sentence of this tight wound novel. The fact this is based on a real place, on real lives is devastating. These boys didn‘t have a chance to grow, to live or to become the men they were destined to be.

Blaire I‘m really looking forward to this one. 4d
Mitch @Blaire I think you‘ll like it 🙌🏼 3d
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MsLeah8417
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rjsthumbelina
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Not a perfect book, but a very good one. Tells a fictionalized account of an institutional "school" for boys, an alternative to prison, where boys were beaten and killed, especially in the black houses. Emotional portrayal, but not one that had me sobbing, which is kind of nice. Read this for the #BNbookclub, which I am hosting at my store tonight

Also, this was my E for Care of Magical Creatures in the #NEWTs #magical readathon

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4.5 stars rounded to a full 5 because so much is packed into this little book. It didn‘t wreck me like The Underground Railroad - I was a mess by the end of that book. This one was more quietly devastating. Whitehead didn‘t pull his punches but instead slipped them around from behind. The violence doesn‘t hit you in the face, it stabs you in the back. I also thought a lot about Ava DuVernay‘s When They See Us, currently streaming on Netflix.

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This is a book that will stay with me. Whitehead tells the story of Elwood Curtis, a boy sent to Nickel Academy, ostensibly a school designed to reform wayward youth that is in reality a prison, where racist staff & guards abuse & discard the boys at will. Whitehead based Nickel on the Dozier School for Boys, a real Florida reform school. It's a heartbreaking & angering story, unsentimental & unflinching. Required reading.

Graciouswarriorprincess I just finished it and can't wait to discuss it this evening at the B&N bookclub! 5d
readordierachel @Graciouswarriorprincess Hope you have a good discussion! 5d
Graciouswarriorprincess @readordierachel Thank you. It was a good bookclub discussion. 5d
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Reggie Man, Rachel, I didn‘t want to read this one...nice review. 4d
readordierachel @Reggie It's really worth reading. Heartbreaking, but worth it. 4d
RaimeyGallant Can't wait to read this! 3d
readordierachel @RaimeyGallant It's a good one 👍🏼 2d
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Mitch
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“ They has been denied even the simple pleasure of being ordinary. Hobbled and handicapped before the race even began, never figuring out how to be normal”.

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Mitch
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Beach reading today ..... #summerisnotoveryet !

GypsyKat Beautiful! ❤️ 5d
Mitch @GypsyKat it‘s a bit breezing but I‘m determined to beach read today! 5d
Lisa0223 It‘s definitely a great day for the beach and a good book. I read the synopsis and will definitely be adding this to my TBR list. Thanks 5d
Mitch @Lisa0223 I really ‘enjoyed‘ it - if that‘s the right word for such a harrowing, sad story! 3d
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Godpants
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😭 What a powerful book. It just killed me. The cover is also so clever.

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Tward
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I‘ve found Whitehead‘s novels to be difficult to absorb in the past. While I enjoyed The Intuitionist, many of his other novels such as Zone One and The Underground Railroad couldn‘t grab my attention. The Nickel Boys on the other hand is delightfully engaging. The characters are so interesting that I finished this book in one sitting. This is one that will stay on my shelf.

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krismlars
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Feels good to have a real book in my hands, rather than my heavy-ish iPad. #signed

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Mitch
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Well that's Monday night sorted!

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Godpants
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I‘m only 30 pages in but, wow. This may be a one day read.

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My son bought me this mug!!!
I just finished The Nickel Boys for b&n book club this week. I did not see the twist in the last part coming at all! It was so well done. I‘m glad I read it. It covers so many themes in its little 210 pages and I am excited to hear what people thought and the things they picked up on that I, super oblivious as ever, completely missed. Anyone else read it yet?

SW-T Nice mug! Haven‘t read the book yet, but it‘s on my TBR. 7d
Yeah_I_Read @SW-T it was good! 6d
readordierachel I just finished it. He's a fantastic writer. A story that will stay with me. 6d
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BookLover29
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This is the first book that made me cry this year. It is such a tragic story but one that needed to be told. The fact that this book is based on true events makes this story even more important. This is story was raw but wonderfully told. It is a story that is unforgettable and will stay with you.

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LauraJ
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Feel like I‘m watching a horror movie and I just wanna yell at Elwood to not get in the car!

Leftcoastzen I‘m reading it tonight too.Not as far along. 1w
readordierachel It's heartbreaking 💔 1w
LauraJ @readordierachel He did a great job of letting the horrors speak for themselves without overdramatizing the story. 5d
readordierachel @LauraJ Totally agree 5d
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Overcaffinatedbookworm1
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This was a book club pick and like all of Mr. Whitehead‘s books didn‘t disappoint! I insist that you stop whatever you are doing and get a copy of this book now

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MamaGina
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Wow. This book was perfect. It will stay with me and I urge everyone to read it.

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Up next

Graciouswarriorprincess I just started yesterday. Happy reading!! 1w
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LauraJ
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It feels like there‘s something I‘m supposed to be reading, but I can‘t remember what 🧠 🌫
So, I‘m going to read my first Colson Whitehead.

Samplergal I loved it. ( can I say that about a dismal subject matter?) Hope you do too. 1w
Scochrane26 I have this one but haven‘t started it. You should read the Underground Railroad, too, but maybe not right after. It‘s a heavy one also. 1w
Dragon 😻 1w
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Twainy
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Audiobook. Narrator was nothing great or bad. I‘m disappointed. It‘s not what I thought it was going to be. Oh it was good, a novel based on reality but not as much of a horror novel as I thought it was going to be. It was a well written and engaging short book. Library loan via OverDrive. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Reinee
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WOW. What a great book. Good story. It is a page turner.

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A disturbing but all too familiar tale of the horrific treatment of African American boys. The story haunts me as to how far we still need to go as a country to heal. I'm afraid our generation will be written about in the same disturbing light on the unjust treatment of many of our citizens. Such dark times.

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We must believe in our souls that we are somebody, that we are significant, that we are worthful, and we must walk the streets of life every day with this sense of dignity of this sense of somebody-ness.

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rather_be_reading
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Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that

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It didnt stop when you got out. Bend you all kind of ways until you were unfit for straight life, good snd twisted by the time you left.

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Everybody around and nobody around at the same time.

JulietBooks That sounds lonely... 1w
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rather_be_reading
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...so complacent and sleepy after years of oppression that rhey had adjusted to it and learned to sleep in it as their only bed.

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...with the knocking of his thoughts, which rattled around his skull like dice.

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...sometimes laughter knocked out a few beicks from the barricade of segregation...

💔

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rather_be_reading
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If you had the power to make people do what you wanted and never exercised it, what was the point of having it?

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You can change the law but you can't change people and how they treat each other.

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....wickedness went deeper than skin color.

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Pain rolled off him like rain from a slate roof.

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...a Perpetual Misery Machine.

(this would make a great band or bar name!)

DaveGreen7777 I kinda want to start a band just so I can use that band name now! 😂🤘🎶 1w
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rather_be_reading
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There are big forces that want to keep the Negro down, like Jim Crow, and there are small forces that want to keep you doen, like other people, and in the face of all those things, the big ones and the smaller ones, you have to stand up straight and maintain your sense of who you are.

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rather_be_reading
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We must believe in our souls that we are somebody; that we are significant, that we are worthful, and we must walk the streets of life every day with the sense of dignity and rhis sende of somebody-ness.

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rather_be_reading
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Last line: He was hungry and they served all day, and that was enough.

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First line: Even in death the boys were trouble.

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OMG OMG!! Everyone needs to read this book! Beware because your heart will be smashed into pieces 💔💔💔 This story starts at the ending and then takes you through the story of Elwood and The Nickel Boys at the Florida Reform School for boys. This was based on a true story which i did not know before embarking on this wonderful heartbreaking story. Also, it was relatively short at 210 pages.

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#TheNickelBoys #ColsonWhitehead

Based on a real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for 111 years and warped the lives of thousands of children. Colson Whitehead brings us another part of American history about 2 boys sentenced to a reform school that is a chamber of horrors. Read about Elwood and Turner and how their lives were affected by attending The Nickel Academy. Enjoyed 4 other books by Whitehead and recommend this one too!

PatriciaU This book is breaking my heart. 2w
EadieB @PatriciaU Does have some difficult parts! 2w
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TheLibrarian
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Welcome to the Nickel Academy, a version of hell in the form of a reform school located in Florida. Elwood Curtis is a bright kid that believes in the words of Martin Luther King Jr. Being a black boy in the Jim Crow South in the 1960s, an innocent mistake sends him to Nickel Academy.

Even though this is a shorter book it packs a punch. Rich with detail and beautifully written, The Nickel Boys will leave you horrified.

jillrhudy Sounds awesome if I were in the mood to be horrified but I‘m going with light and sweet for a bit 2w
TheLibrarian @jillrhudy Definitely not light and sweet but really good. 2w
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MamaGina
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Just starting this one. Am I the only ill informed person who thought The Underground Railroad was his debut?? This one is actually Colson Whitehead‘s NINTH Book! After just a few chapters I‘m kicking myself I haven‘t read him before🤓

Suet624 I knew of four. Not nine! 2w
rather_be_reading no i also thought "Railroad" was his first until i read the book jacket on this one!!! 2w
MelissaSue81 I think I knew UG wasn't his first book, but I hadn't read any of the others. I liked this one SO MUCH MORE than UG. 1w
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rather_be_reading
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Some lunch time reading. You guys!! I just found out this is based on a true story!! 🤯🤯

Vivlio_Gnosi Not to take away from the moment of revelation for you but those sticky tabs are #goals! 🙌 2w
rather_be_reading @Vivlio_Gnosi haha ty! most of my books look this way 2w
Vivlio_Gnosi Sign of a brilliant mind 📚📖 2w
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Drinktea_Readbooks I stickie tab my books lol 😂 1w
rather_be_reading @Vivlio_Gnosi haha i hope so! 1w
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mirsophie
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I really enjoyed this book . I thought this book was going to be more graphic then it was. I thought this book should have or could have been longer than it was. I would have appreciated more detail and more characterization because I enjoyed both main characters a lot. I appreciated the change from women's issues and feminist revolution type novels to the civil rights movement and the treatment of African Americans in the South.

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rather_be_reading
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Such a hard choice!! Finish TNB or watch the new season of the Sinner??! What do u guys think??

BeckyB There‘s a new season?! 2w
rather_be_reading @BeckyB YES!! Came on yesterday 2w
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Book 108 of 2019
#myfirstwhitehead

LittlePixels Ooh, I've been wanting to read this. Enjoy! 2w
Samplergal It‘s so good. 2w
Scochrane26 You def need to read Underground Railroad if you haven‘t yet. 2w
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rather_be_reading @Scochrane26 am reading it now! 1w
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