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Shut Up You're Pretty
Shut Up You're Pretty | Ta Mutonji, Tea Mutonji
11 posts | 6 read | 11 to read
A high-wire collection of darkly humorous stories about a young woman floating in and out of her skin, trying on identities imposed on her by others.
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Lindy
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In Galloway, Mrs Broomfield was legend for witnessing the Rwandan genocide. Her attitude so much positivity and optimism, like, “This is a war, child, it‘s not going to last.” I liked to apply that to everything else: this world is a war, this neighbourhood is a war, this street, this house, this body, this person, this feeling, this war.

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Lindy
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Interconnected short stories follow Loli, a Canadian Congolese immigrant, from age 13 to 26, as she blunders through sexual encounters with boys & men, supported and confused by intense female friendships. Raw, surprising and unforgettable.

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Lindy
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I was standing in line at the Tim Hortons on campus when I saw Jonas. He was ordering, leaning forward over the counter and whispering his order to the cashier. She blushed, covered her mouth with her free hand. Her hat was red. If Patty were here, she would have said, “Women dressed in red are more sexually attractive to men.“

(Internet photo plus another Timmies reference for my collection)

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Lindy
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Henry had more hair than I expected. On his top lip, a pair of bushy brows, an entire grass field slapped across the bottom half of his face. When he got out of the car and waved, I gave Jolie a look that said, You didn‘t tell me he was a hundred years old. In turn, she gave me a look that said, Stand up straight and stop acting your age.

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Lindy
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We once saw a man at the intersection of Galloway & Lawrence with a small teardrop tattoo. It meant he had killed someone, Theresa told me, and lost the love of his life because of it. Detailed, I thought. Didn‘t understand how she could get all of that from a tattoo.
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tpixie Yeah, hate those tear drop tattoos! 💦 2mo
Lindy @tpixie To each his own, I guess. I can‘t help but think people regret facial tattoos at some point in their lives. This passage is a good example of the central character‘s personality: always following an older girl‘s lead and believing what she‘s told. 2mo
tpixie @Lindy sounds like some good lessons in that book. ( I don‘t like the Teardrop because of that Murder Connotation). 2mo
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Lindy
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He just talked and talked and talked. I think my father had enough words in him to rewrite Don Quixote. His favourite book. Because he believed in so many of his stories, I never knew which one belonged to either one of us.

marleed My dad loved this book too. Whenever I walk past a copy at a book display. I think of him. Someday I‘ll read it. All I really have is having seen Man of La Mancha a few times - which I love. 2mo
Lindy @marleed Good to have memories like that. I listened to it in audio last year and by the end it felt like a marathon, but I‘m glad I finally got to it. 2mo
Annl I studied Don Quijote in Spanish during college, many, many years ago. It has become my favorite through movie interpretations and stage plays/musicals. It may be one of those rare stories where watching the movie first helps foster a love for the main character. 2mo
Lindy @Annl I also enjoy encountering a story in multiple formats & retellings. I‘ve seen Don Quixote as a ballet and an opera and I‘m about to embark on 2mo
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Lindy
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The next morning, he was still dead, but not like an exclamation point, like a set of ellipses.

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Liberty
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The view from my hammock: Spending this gray Sunday reading in my library. (I‘ve been meaning to paint this room a better color since we moved in five years ago, but that would cut in on my reading time.?) I‘m currently reading SHUT UP YOU‘RE PRETTY by Téa Mutonji. What are you reading today? ?❤️?

SarahHarts_books Wow! That's an amazing collection of books you have!! 😍📚 📖 7mo
LiteraryinLititz Great view! I‘m reading The Department of Sensitive Crimes this morning. 7mo
Minimalgrl Sunny day here in Seattle .. so taking advantage of it and reading The Devils Punchbowl by Greg Iles while sitting on my balcony and sipping my coffee 7mo
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Cailey_Mac Oooo love it! I actually really like the color of the walls, btw! 7mo
LibrarianRyan We have the same style of library. That orange sherbet is not a bad color. Gives it lots of light. 7mo
Susanita I love the wall color. 7mo
JSW I mean, just fill the walls with books and you won‘t have to see the color. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 7mo
TheLudicReader That is The BEST. 7mo
ChristianClark88 Love that coral color!!! 7mo
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RebeccaH
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This is a collection of closely-linked short stories about a girl/woman growing up near Toronto, living some tough stuff and trying to make sense of it all.

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RebeccaH
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I‘d say my current reading is...varied.

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ardoomer
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An excellent read that gradually reveals the way sexism and race affect the lives of racialized women from the biggest offences to the subtlest of microaggressions. It‘s beautifully done.

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