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Say Nothing
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland | Patrick Radden Keefe
"Meticulously reported, exquisitely written, and grippingly told, Say Nothing is a work of revelation." - David Grann, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon "[This] gripping account of the Troubles is equal parts true-crime, history, and tragedy . . . A must read." - Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl From award-winning New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe, a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussions In December 1972, Jean McConville, a thirty-eight-year-old mother of ten, was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders, her children clinging to her legs. They never saw her again. Her abduction was one of the most notorious episodes of the vicious conflict known as The Troubles. Everyone in the neighborhood knew the I.R.A. was responsible. But in a climate of fear and paranoia, no one would speak of it. In 2003, five years after an accord brought an uneasy peace to Northern Ireland, a set of human bones was discovered on a beach. McConville's children knew it was their mother when they were told a blue safety pin was attached to the dress--with so many kids, she had always kept it handy for diapers or ripped clothes. Patrick Radden Keefe's mesmerizing book on the bitter conflict in Northern Ireland and its aftermath uses the McConville case as a starting point for the tale of a society wracked by a violent guerrilla war, a war whose consequences have never been reckoned with. The brutal violence seared not only people like the McConville children, but also I.R.A. members embittered by a peace that fell far short of the goal of a united Ireland, and left them wondering whether the killings they committed were not justified acts of war, but simple murders. From radical and impetuous I.R.A. terrorists such as Dolours Price, who, when she was barely out of her teens, was already planting bombs in London and targeting informers for execution, to the ferocious I.R.A. mastermind known as The Dark, to the spy games and dirty schemes of the British Army, to Gerry Adams, who negotiated the peace but betrayed his hardcore comrades by denying his I.R.A. past--Say Nothing conjures a world of passion, betrayal, vengeance, and anguish.
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MicheleinPhilly
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I never do a #weeklyforecast cause I‘m a moody ass Scorpio BUT I‘ve read the first 80 pages of the tagged and am hooked. The Whisper Man is the book club pick for my local indie and I promised some folks I would go. Place your bets as to whether this introvert will show.

TrishB But you can read the book anyway 😁 5h
Cinfhen I like the forecast and your books look nice together 🖤as for indie bookclub, I give that a 50/50 😘 5h
MicheleinPhilly @Cinfhen I posted on IG and tagged the bookstore owner to force myself to show up. I‘ve actually been quite sociable over the last few weeks. Damn holidays. 😒 4h
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MicheleinPhilly @TrishB THAT I will do. 😉 4h
TrishB 😘😘 4h
BarbaraBB Love this post ❤️ 4h
Blaire Love this! As a fellow Scorpio I feel you. What I read next is totally mood and library availability dependent. 😂😂😂 34m
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kspenmoll
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#snowday #coffeeandbooks #Mondaymorning #teachersoflitsy
First we had a 2 hour delay-two hours later we had a snow day!Meanwhile Robert shoveled out the car.Then I proceeded to get it stuck in a snow bank! After shoveling etc, I finally drove it out.Just then, while still in the car, a text came through that school was closed.So happy- it‘s icy & snowy & after my major car accident when I turned 30, I have be shy to drive in bad weather. Saved!

Tamra 😏 Of course! Its a good day to stay cuddled inside. 2w
Jee_HookedOnBookz Glad you're safe and sound at home and enjoying a good read! ❤️ 2w
kspenmoll @Tamra @Jee_HookedOnBookz Thanks! It‘s been a quiet day. Did get out to lend a neighbor a shovel & had a chat but otherwise cuddled up reading. Thinking of making chili for dinner. 😀 2w
Jee_HookedOnBookz @kspenmoll yummmms! How did it go? 2w
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kspenmoll
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#weeklyforcast #nonfiction #mysteryoftheweek #holidaycheer
Hoping this week to continue reading Say Nothing ( on pg 200) #nonfiction
Finish The Disappearance of Alistair Ainsworth #mysteryoftheweek
Read A Maigret Christmas #holidaycheer
Here‘s to a good reading week!

Cinfhen I need to finish this book! I started on audio but was getting distracted 2w
veritysalter Thank you so much for this post, I‘ve just remembered that I added Maigret at Christmas to my Kindle last year! #toomanybooks 2w
kspenmoll @veritysalter You are so very welcome!!! You are so write #toomanybooks 🤣🤣🤣 2w
kspenmoll @Cinfhen It‘s long & involved which is why I have another book going at same time! 2w
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kspenmoll
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#Saturdaymorning #SunshineBlueSkies #34degrees #nippy
#booksandcoffee

Breakfast rather decadent: hot apple pie with whipped cream, french roast in my new cat mug, thanks to @Jee_HookedOnBookz . I just love the feel of the warm tail around my fingers!!!
Happy Sunday all! I hope to head out fir a walk later.

Theaelizabet Loved this book. 2w
Zelma Ooh, love the mug! 2w
Jee_HookedOnBookz 💕💕💕 So happy to see you use it! ☺️ And your breakfast looks so darn delicious! 😋 2w
Jee_HookedOnBookz Looking forward to reading your review of the book! 2w
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kspenmoll
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#odyssey #escapeplans #thetroubles #saynothing
Brendan Hughes,IRA,Belfast,escaped from Long Kesh prison much like Odysseus escaped from Cyclops‘ cave.

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kspenmoll
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#hungerstrikes #theTroubles
This book is teaching me so much about this time in Irish history. Using hunger strikes as a political statement dates back to the Middle Ages in Ireland.
Apologies for the state of the quote. Hopefully you can read it. 🤪

Nute Thankful for you, Ms. Katherine. Have a wonderful day today!🧡 2w
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kspenmoll
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#catsoflitsy #Thanksgivingmorning #gratitude

So thankful for Em & Poe & this riveting book on this Thanksgiving morning. And if course, my coffee, not pictured but by my side!
😻😻📚☕️🦃

MallenNC Great book! 2w
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kspenmoll
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#BookReport
Finished A Murder in Retribution #SoSo #kindle
Finished Lilli de Jong #LilliRead
Finished November Road #botmbuddyread #Rivoting #5stars
Started The Ruin #audiomystery 61% finished
Finished Silent Voices #mysteryoftheweek Adore Vera!
Started Say Nothing #nonfiction Reads like a novel

Cinfhen Great week and lots of good books in progress!!! 🧡 3w
kspenmoll @Cinfhen ❤️❤️ 3w
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WanderingBookaneer
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Cortg I added a few to my Goodreads TBR! Thanks! 3w
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Samplergal
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Update: Meghan :Biography Say Nothing : Released This Year #nfNovember

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Tiltedwhirled
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Don‘t go first

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Tiltedwhirled
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A gruesome form of natural selection

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Tiltedwhirled
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Pickpick

An engrossing nonfiction narrative that reads as smoothly as a novel. I found this fascinating and horrifying. The book focuses most heavily on a few leaders in the IRA during The Troubles— Dolours and Marian Price, Gerry Adams, Brendan Hughes and, as a counterpoint, the kidnap and murder of Jean McConville. Through this lens we see the movements and motivations of the militant IRA and the effect those actions had on ordinary Irish people.

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Samplergal
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This book is amazing. So well written, and reads as a novel. Even having grown up in the IRA “troubles” era, the sheer length of the conflict had much of the world engaged, I didn‘t entirely understand it. This book will explain it well and have you engaged throughout. No wonder it‘s winning accolades. #nfNovember

kspenmoll Did you read it or listen to audio? I want to read it but it screamed “too fat” for me... 4w
Samplergal Audiobook. And it took me two days. It‘s good. Worth it , imho 4w
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Samplergal
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Next up. #nfnovember These library holds all come at once!

MallenNC This book was one of my best of the year. It reads quickly! (edited) 1mo
Samplergal I‘m over half way through. I‘m enjoying it. I read Milkman this year and wondered why I didn‘t understand the “troubles” better since I lived through all that. This is giving me background I didn‘t know about! 1mo
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Emilymdxn
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Incredibly well researched, well written and accessible book about the Troubles in Northern Ireland, focusing on IRA members and the disappearance of Jean McConville. Such an important topic for people in England particularly to educate ourselves on right now, when we have to be so terrified of what our brexit mess could do to Ireland. I learned so much from this and recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more.

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tholmz
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This was an incredibly well-researched book. I absolutely loved it and knew nothing about Northern Ireland‘s struggles until reading this and now I have a new interest.

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Redheadrambles
Whatever You Say, Say Nothing | Patrick Radden Keefe
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

A work of narrative non fiction I wish I had read prior to reading Milkman and For the Good Times. It‘s just a stellar bit of work that manages to convey the complexities of “The Troubles” while not letting the weight of all that history bog it down. By allowing the reader a hook with the story of Jean McConville it is constantly reminding you of the cost of political violence and asking you does the ends justify the means.

Redheadrambles #Readharder2019 Journalism prompt (edited) 2mo
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TelevisionNeighbor
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Sometimes my local library really comes through.

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MallenNC
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The National Book Award long list for nonfiction came out today. This is my favorite award category! I absolutely loved Say Nothing, and I‘m reading Thick now. I hope to get to several of these before the awards are announced.

Leftcoastzen I had The End of the Myth checked out, someone requested it so I couldn‘t renew.Want to try again. 3mo
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the_next_chapter101
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Mehso-so

Not the best Nonfiction I have read this year but still recommend (4/5⭐) Listened via Scribd

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Jas16
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I started this book on audio but even with a great narrator I could not focus so I waited for the ebook from the library. When I started that I thought I would end up bailing until suddenly it changed from a book I struggled to read to a book I seriously could not put down. This is nonfiction that I would reread and is definitely going to be one of my favorite books of the year.

Suet624 I absolutely agree. An amazing read. I‘ve thought of it often. 3mo
Jas16 @Suet624 I keep trying to force everyone around me to read it. Glad you also enjoyed it! 3mo
BethM I concur. So amazing. 3mo
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Cinfhen
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Starting my new audio 🎧narration is 👌🏽♥️

Grrlbrarian Agreed! I‘m listening to this as well. Riveting! 3mo
Maria514626 This book! 😱🙌👍 Soooo good! 3mo
Cinfhen It‘s a history lesson and gripping story gorgeously told @Maria514626 @Grrlbrarian I‘m hooked 3mo
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Ruthiella
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While I recall the Chumbawamba song I had to look up the meaning of #tubthumping . Urban dictionary says it is what the Irish did as part of their revolt under English rule...so free association brings me to this nonfiction title about Northern Ireland that I want to read...maybe for Nonfiction November?🤔
#RedroseSeptember

arlenefinnigan Got this lined up on audio. Sounds like it's gonna be a tough, but important, read. 3mo
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan Yup! I will have to prepare mentally before tackling. 3mo
Cinfhen I was just thinking I‘d like to try this book on audio 3mo
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Ruthiella My library only has the hard copy but that‘s OK! I listen to so many podcasts, I often have trouble squeezing audio books in. 3mo
gradcat @Ruthiella I read this book very recently...it‘s really, really interesting, & a great primer for the “Troubles” In Ireland, if you‘re not up on the history. ♥️ 3mo
Ruthiella @gradcat Good to hear! I am hoping to learn a lot. It feels like it will be a good nonfiction complement to Milkman by Anna Burns. 3mo
gradcat I really think I have to read that one as well.... 3mo
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EadieB
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1972, Jean McConville, 38 yo mother of 10, was dragged from her Belfast home, her children clinging to her legs. Her abduction was one of the most notorious episodes of The Troubles. This book is a searing chronicle of the lengths that people will go to in order to pursue a political ideal, and the ways in which societies mend – or don‘t – in the aftermath of a long and bloody conflict. I found this book most interesting. Highly recommended!

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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This mornings audiobook.

#summersendreadathon

EadieB This book was great! Just finished it yesterday. I'm going to read it again because there's a lot of info that I want to go over again. Hope you enjoy it! 4mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @EadieB It‘s so much information. I restarted the first hour probably 6 times yesterday. I was having trouble following everything. I think I have a better handle now, but this is definitely one the would need a relisten. 4mo
EadieB @Ashley_Nicoletto It is so interesting! 4mo
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cdreincarnate
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This book is so good! It goes into detail about “the troubles” in Northern Ireland by focusing on a few notable participants in the 1970s and ‘80s, but it includes what happened to those who eventually died in later decades and those who were still alive at the time the book was written. I think the author did a great job of remaining impartial.

I loved listening to this audiobook, but be warned that the narrator has a strong Irish accent.

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Patrick Radden Keefe's Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland is a fascinating, horrifying account of The Troubles. While nominally focusing on the Disappearing of widowed mother-of-ten Jean McConville, the book broadens quickly into an investigation of the IRA's top operatives, ranging from the 1970s (and some history of what came before) to modern day. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod While I'd watched Michael Collins (about the 1920s IRA) and In the Name of the Father, my knowledge of this time period was minimal, so much of Keefe's book is a revelation. And I definitely wasn't aware of the more recent developments, particularly the publication of transcripts of interviews with members of the IRA that had been held--supposedly iron clad--by Boston College. ⬇️ 4mo
UnabridgedPod This is the best type of historical narrative nonfiction: it's compelling and focused on the people behind the events. Absolutely brilliant. 4mo
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silverwing
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The disappeared. Too much has been lost and sacrificed during the path to the peace.

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MallenNC
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1. I‘m a broken record about the tagged book but it was so good!
2. I loved baked crunchy Cheetos.
3. Sunset. I don‘t see sunrise if I can help it.
4. I‘d book a trip to the first place to come to mind.
5. First grade. I loved my teacher so much.
#FriYayIntro @howjessreads

Molly_the_mezzo Baked Cheetos are the best! 5mo
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Ashley31
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Made it to the Long Room at Trinity College in Ireland...a book lover‘s dream 🇮🇪

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AlizaApp
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Non-fiction about the IRA and the troubles in Belfast, and the effects of a whole community living with PTSD and repressed secrets for decades. Moving and surprising and astoundingly well reported. Predicting now that this will win all the awards.

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Sarahvtompkins
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This non-fiction book was a compelling. Filled with history and real-life drama with just a touch of Hollywood.

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EmMcKee

"For the majority of the human species, and for tens of thousands of years, the idea that humanity includes every human being on the face of the Earth does not exist at all. The designation stops at the border of each tribe, or linguistic group, sometimes even at the edge of a village."

Quoting Claude Levi-Strauss from the book Say Nothing

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Redwritinghood
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Excellent overview of the IRA and ‘the Troubles” including all the ongoing implications of the war. This was very well researched and elegantly written. I had a little trouble at the beginning fitting all of the disparate parts of the complicated narrative together, but things did come together in the third part of the book. 4⭐️

Katerina The Troubles have always fascinated me. I even wrote my diploma thesis about them. This book is going on my TBR.
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KeepCalmWithBooksAndCoffee I also did my final college paper on The Troubles after visiting N. Ireland and finding the conflict interesting and heart wrenching. I've been wanting to read this. Thanks for the reminder! 5mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Non fiction about Ireland, the troubles, and the ira. Super interesting. Very informative.

charl08 Such a good read! 5mo
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EmMcKee
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"If Dolours had a big fault, it was perhaps that she lived out too urgently the ideals to which so many others also purported to be dedicated. She was a liberator but never managed to liberate herself from those ideas. Sometimes, we are imprisoned within ideals."

Eamonn McCann, quoted in Say Nothing

Suet624 Yes. Great quote. I felt badly for Price. 5mo
EmMcKee In military hierarchy, those who give the orders are held the most responsible, and the entire thing hinges greatly on this point; Price and Hughes were left out to dry. No wonder she was bitter and twice-traumatized. 5mo
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Becker
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I remember hearing about the IRA on the news when I was younger but never understood the conflict. This book explains the conflict and some horrifying details that I knew nothing about. A sober but really interesting read.🇮🇪

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MallenNC
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I can‘t believe the year is halfway over already. It‘s been a good reading year for me! Here are my #Top6Reads for Jan-June. I‘ve seen several of my TBR books on other people‘s best lists so I‘m hoping for a great second half of 2019.

Megabooks The Shergill Sisters was really good! 5mo
MallenNC @Cinfhen Say Nothing is my number one best book so far this year. It really hooked me! I highly recommend it. 5mo
MallenNC @Megabooks It was! I like this author. At first I wasn't sure I'd like it as much as Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, but I did once I was able to keep the three sisters' stories in my mind. 5mo
Cinfhen Ohhhh!!! Good to know!! It‘s high up on my TBR list 5mo
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MallenNC
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Catching up my #Nonfiction2019 list. My favorites so far were Say Nothing, Becoming, Bad Blood, and Furious Hours. Some are in comments after my character count ran out!

Inspirational: I am, I am, I am; History: Say Nothing; Movement: Parkland; Made You Laugh: I Miss You When I Blink; Another POV: There Will Be No Miracles Here; Medicine: What the Eyes Don‘t See; Another Country: Prisoner; Death: Furious Hours;

MallenNC Uplifting: Text Me When You Get Home; Politics: Becoming; Weren‘t Looking For: Save Me the Plums; By a Woman: The Library Book; Survival: Maid; Science: Bad Blood; Travel: Bleaker House 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great reads so far! I‘m glad you are enjoying them. 5mo
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LyndseyReads
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This is my Goodreads review of Say Nothing. I‘m glad I read it. It‘s always difficult to look at these kinds of events and acknowledge the brutality we are capable of, but I think it‘s essential to do so now more than ever.

Suet624 I really, really liked this book. I thought I knew so much about that period of time and I found that I really didn't. 6mo
LyndseyReads @Suet624 Yes, this definitely illustrated to me how thin my knowledge of this time is. Such a good book! 6mo
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Avanders
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Big day!! #bookmail #reallifestufftoo

🦈Received my #LMPBC #groupv Round 6 book — #creaturefeature
🧜🏼‍♀️Received my #reallifebookgroup book
👩🏽‍💻Accepted an offer for a new job ... I may now be in charge of other people... 😳🤓

hermyknee That‘s awesome!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!🎉🎈🎊 6mo
MallenNC Congratulations on your job! I loved Say Nothing. It‘s great. 6mo
cobwebmoth Congrats!😘 6mo
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vkois88 Yay!!! Congrats ❤❤❤ 6mo
Soubhiville Yay! Congratulations! 6mo
Avanders @hermyknee @mallennc @cobwebmoth @vkois88 @soubhiville thanks all!! ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ Also, I‘ve heard so many good things about the book @mallennc — can‘t wait to get to it! 👏🏽👏🏽 6mo
Kalalalatja Congratulations on the new job! 🙌🙌🙌 6mo
TrishB Congrats 🎉🎉 6mo
Megabooks Awesome! Congratulations!! 🍾🎉 6mo
mabell Congrats on the new job! 🎉🎉 6mo
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Avanders @Kalalalatja @trishb @megabooks @mabell @laughterhp Thank you!! ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ 6mo
MaleficentBookDragon Congrats on the new job!🎉🎉🎉 6mo
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Avanders @MaleficentBookDragon @BookNAround Thank you!! ♥️♥️♥️ 6mo
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LyndseyReads
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Next audiobook on Libby. Has anyone read this one?

annahenke That cover looks terrifying. 6mo
LyndseyReads @annahenke Right? So haunting. Very reflective of the tragic violence of those times. 6mo
Theaelizabet Loves this one. An amazing story, well-written. 6mo
LyndseyReads @Theaelizabet Great to hear! I‘m riveted so far. What a devastating part of history. 6mo
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charl08
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Brilliant non-fiction: gripping account of 'The Troubles' and the impact on victims and IRA members.

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Gripping stuff: history of "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland via the parallel stories of a family where mum was snatched by the IRA and a woman who joined them.

Theaelizabet This is my number one nonfiction read this year and likely to remain so. 6mo
charl08 @Theaelizabet but there's still so much more year to go! 6mo
Theaelizabet I‘d be THRILLED to find something that beats it! 6mo
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Tove_Reads
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Excited to read this one! I‘ve only heard good things 🙂

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Suet624
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I grew up near Boston and watched from afar as the Troubles took place in Northern Ireland. I thought I knew what was going on. It‘s clear now I knew only a small part. Keefe does an exceptional job of reporting on the war that was waged on so many sides and the repercussions for those involved. He provides the long view that we can only now see and tells the story in a way you connect with almost immediately. A brilliant book. Now on to Milkman.

Theaelizabet This book and Milkman are my top nonfiction and fiction reads of the year, so far, and likely to remain so. I look forward to reading your thoughts on Milkman. 7mo
Suet624 That‘s so good to hear. I‘m enjoying Milkman so far. Love Burns‘ style of telling the story. 7mo
Tove_Reads I‘ll start reading it anyway now. 7mo
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crhealey
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Train Reads. An absolutely fascinating reporting of an era in history I knew nothing about. #mdw