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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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notreallyelaine

“We have the strength and peace of mind of those who never compromise.” But the nature of a cease-fire and a peace process is precisely negotiation, soul searching, and compromise. Much blood has been spilled over a quarter of a century in the name of a stark and absolute ambition: Brits out. Yet that ambition has not been realized.

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Keefe is talented at switching between the big and small pictures. He chose to look at the disappearance of a mother of 10 in the midst of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, but he wove it into the story of the larger IRA movement in the 1970s-90s. A professor at Boston University started an oral history archive of the Troubles, and he was inspired to write by the controversies around that.

Great choice for #NYWD22 @vivastory ! ⬇️

Cinfhen I have this book sitting on my shelves!! Must get to it 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen yes definitely! 2mo
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BethM This is sooooo good! 2mo
MallenNC I love Patrick Radden Keefe‘s work. I haven‘t gotten to Empire of Pain yet but I loved Say Nothing. 2mo
Suet624 Raised Irish Catholic from the Boston area I thought I knew everything about this time period. I was pro-IRA at the time. This book taught me a lot and I was quite moved by it. This author and this book is a must read. (edited) 2mo
Megabooks @BethM it really was!! 1mo
Megabooks @MallenNC I hope you‘re able to get to EoP in 2022. I inhaled it. So fascinating! 1mo
MallenNC @Megabooks I definitely will. I have it already but other books got ahead of it. It‘s on my #NYWD list from @Cinfhen so I have a good reason to get to it in January. 1mo
Megabooks @Suet624 very much agree re: must read. I came in with some (not a lot) of knowledge about the Troubles, and it really made me want to dig deeper and know more. 1mo
BarbaraBB If you want to read more about the Troubles I can recommend the tagged one which also fits the #pop22 hotel prompt 1mo
EvieBee And now you‘re ready to watch BELFAST. So good!! https://youtu.be/YuDXdiNDCLA (edited) 1mo
vivastory I'm glad you liked it! I couldn't stop reading it. There were several moments when my mouth literally dropped open. Absolutely wild. 1mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB fantastic! Thanks for the rec. 💜 1mo
Megabooks @EvieBee thank you as well! Loving these recommendations. 👍🏻 1mo
Megabooks @vivastory I enjoyed Empire of Pain even more! In this book it was fascinating how the sisters ended up tying back to Jean. I did not see it building to a head like that. 1mo
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christmas came early 🎄
self care in the form of a book haul 📚

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I knew I‘d get around to this book sometime after seeing Litsy reviews. I definitely don‘t know enough about Ireland‘s history & have always been confused about the IRA. Watching Derry Girls & listening to Empire of Pain made me finally check it out. If I‘d known the narrator had a lovely Irish accent, I would have listened a long time ago. Really interesting, well-researched. I now understand references in Derry Girls much better.

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I‘ve long been aware of the Troubles because people from my hometown were highly suspected of gun running for the provisional IRA in the 1970s. Somehow I‘ve never read a nonfictional account of those 30 years of terror, and this sent me down the google and Netflix rabbit hole. So much I didn‘t know and I‘m intrigued to keep learning.

Suet624 This book. 💕💕💕 2mo
marleed @Suet624 Agree! I‘m so glad I finally read a nonfiction book about this time. 2mo
Suet624 Me too. I was a teenager when much of this was going on. I thought I knew what was happening and I clearly did not. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
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I‘ve already read- but if you haven‘t it‘s definitely worth the 99p if it‘s on offer where you are.

rockpools Thank you 😊 3mo
JillR I have this one waiting but it looks so big and heavy (both the actual book and the subject!) that‘s it‘s scaring me a little… 3mo
Cathythoughts Thanks Trish 👍🏻 3mo
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TrishB @JillR it is heavy. But completely compelling and eye opening! 3mo
squirrelbrain I bought it last time it was 99p - I‘m saving it for the journalist prompt of #booked2022 3mo
CaroPi I have it in audible in my TBR. I think I must start soon 3mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain I‘m doing this one for that prompt 3mo
TrishB @CaroPi hope you like it when you get to it 👍🏻 3mo
squirrelbrain That‘s a tough one Trish, but so good. 3mo
JillR @trishb if it‘s compelling I think I can do it! Will bump it up the pile… 3mo
kspenmoll One of my best reads ever! 3mo
TrishB @kspenmoll that‘s a great recommendation! 3mo
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JennF13
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If you have any interest in Northern Ireland‘s tumultuous and complicated history, this is a good read.

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#2
Working on two reading challenges at once. Listening to my audiobook for book club while cooking my second recipe from the Gourmet cookbook. A plain cheese omelette is for breakfast.

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Sparkerdude
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A deeply researched and wonderfully written account of the Northern Ireland “Troubles” and the role of the Irish Republican Army. It provides a framework to help understand the significance of the “Good Friday” Agreement, which all but ended the Troubles, and why BREXIT‘s implementation between the European Union (including Ireland) and Great Britain (including Northern Ireland) threatens peace and precipitate a new push for Ireland‘s unification.

SamAnne One of the best books I read last year. Currently reading the author‘s latest Empire of Pain about the Sackler family. It will end up being one of the best books I‘ve read this year. 5mo
Sparkerdude Thanks for this recommendation! 5mo
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JacintaMCarter
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#2021Book62
All of my knowledge of the Troubles in Ireland comes from the show Derry Girls, so it was interesting to learn more details about the war between Protestants and Catholics that has caused so much death in that part of the country. Most of the book gets right to the point and explores the motivations of various people involved in the struggle. Some sections, however, seemed to just drag on and repeat information we'd already learned.

Oryx Derry Girls is amazing (and being a teenager in 90s NI I can confirm it's 100% accurate in it's depiction - so not the worst place to learn from 😉). 6mo
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bb623
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Finally got around to reading this book and loved it. It has stayed on my mind. Terribly sad, but a fascinating account of a period of which I had only surface knowledge.

SamAnne So good. 7mo
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#midyearfaves Day 10 of 10 This has been a very difficult year in many respects, but books (& bookish communities) have helped me retain my sanity. As I've noted, nonfiction has played a surprising role this year & Keefe's “Say Nothing“ has been a shining example of a compelling & informative book about a period of history which I knew little. Keefe uses a cold case murder investigation as the backdrop to relating the story of The Troubles in👇

vivastory Northern Ireland. There were literally several points while reading it that I exclaimed in surprise. More than being surprising, Keefe's prose is effortless, engaging & informed without ever being tedious. Although I listed my 10 faves of the year so far, I'd be remiss if I didn't also cite the following honorable mentions: Mira Jacob's “Good Talk,“ David Diop's “At Night All Blood is Black,“ Derf Backderf's “Kent State,“ Joan Didion's 7mo
vivastory “Slouching Towards Bethlehem“ & Walter Mosley's “The Man in My Basement.“ I can't wait to see what other gems I will encounter the rest of the year. Onwards! 7mo
TrishB NF is not really my thing, but this was a great read 👍🏻 7mo
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vivastory @TrishB I def read way more fiction, & I'm sure it will remain that way, but I was a bit surprised that 4 of my 10 books (counting the graphic memoir) were NF 7mo
Leftcoastzen He is such a good writer! A huge difference when reading nonfiction, a quality narrative! 7mo
Ruthiella This is on my list. Maybe for Nonfiction November? Love the sneaky inclusion of honorable mentions 😂. What reader can limit a best books list to only ten? 7mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen Agreed! Empire of Pain is at the top of my TBR 7mo
vivastory @Ruthiella I look forward to your thoughts on it! What's a best of list without a few extras thrown in?! 😂📚 7mo
BarbaraBB Your ten faves have been amazing. I hope the second half of the year will be easier for you personally with just as many good reads 🤍 7mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB Thanks. I really appreciate it & I'm glad that you & @KarenUK have joined in with sharing your favorites! Here's to a great second half of '21 🍷📚 7mo
Megabooks I have really enjoyed your list. 👍🏻 I need to read this from Keefe, and I highly recommend you check out his latest! 7mo
vivastory @Megabooks Thanks! It's at the very top of my TBR 📚📚 7mo
KarenUK Such a great choice for #10! I‘ve really loved seeing your picks, and grown my TBR (of course!) 7mo
vivastory @KarenUK I've added quite a few from your favorites to my TBR & have been reminded of others that I've been meaning to read 📚📚 7mo
Suet624 I recommend this book to every person I know. 🙂 2mo
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Donated more stuff (not just books) to the thrift shop, and brought these home!

Ruthiella I would have snapped up Say Nothing too! 7mo
DivineDiana Looks good! 👏🏻👍🏻📚 7mo
BarbaraBB Lucy Gault is good and I am very curious of the Danticat! 7mo
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kspenmoll Say Nothing is beyond fabulous! 7mo
ValerieAndBooks @Ruthiella first heard of it from Litsy! Looking forward to getting to it. 7mo
ValerieAndBooks @DivineDiana I have no hope of ever catching up on my TBR 😂 7mo
ValerieAndBooks @BarbaraBB I noticed the Lucy Gault is a #1001Books, so just had to include it! And yes the Danticat intrigued me as well. 7mo
ValerieAndBooks @kspenmoll Say Nothing has gotten very good Litsy reviews! 7mo
DivineDiana @ValerieAndBooks I too am hopeless! ☹️ 7mo
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Karmapen
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I really enjoyed this. It was a detailed narrative history of the Troubles in Northern Ireland that was so gripping it felt like watching a TV drama, without ever seeming exploitative or garish. Excellent and I learned a lot.

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vivastory
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Say Nothing opens with two detectives from Belfast visiting the John J. Burns Library at Boston College to collect files for a cold case, Keefe uses this individual case as the starting point, & backdrop, to the larger story of The Troubles in Northern Ireland. This book is wild. At several points, I literally exclaimed, “Holy shit.“ More so it is informative, compelling, thoroughly researched & the lives of the individuals involved 👇

vivastory comes shining through. I am in absolute awe of Keefe's handling of the complexities of his subject. This phrase is overused in book marketing, but I really can't think of another one for it: a true masterpiece.
I don't often read nonfiction, but the nf that I have read this yr has been stellar. Not even taking the graphic memoirs into consideration 3 of the nf books I've read will undoubtedly be on my 10 best books for the first half of '21 list.
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MallenNC This book is so good. I‘m planning to start his new book soon. 8mo
vivastory @MallenNC I will def be reading Empire soon. That's actually what pushed me to read this one. I'm also curious about the hbo doc about the Sackler family that was just released, but am going to wait until I read Empire before I watch it 8mo
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EKonrad Loved this one! 8mo
JaclynW Great review! I loved the book too. Excellent research and writing. I completely agree about this nonfiction surpassing all expectations. A true masterpiece. 8mo
Oryx Currently reading Empire of Pain, which is superb. Hoping to get to this one yet (particularly interested to see how he handles the topic as I'm Northern Irish). 8mo
britt_brooke I‘ve been on the fence about reading this one, but your review has swayed me over! #stacked 8mo
vivastory @britt_brooke Glad to hear! I think that you would love it. Now that I think about it his style reminds me a bit of Jeff Guinn's 8mo
britt_brooke @vivastory You know I love that comparison! 8mo
vivastory @britt_brooke 👍 Looking forward to your thoughts on it 8mo
kspenmoll I love your review! This was one of the best books i‘ve read. Have you read Empire of Pain yet? Still raving about that. 8mo
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vivastory
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I've read half of this book today. Riveting, informative & absolutely wild...

Julsmarshall It is so good!!! 8mo
vivastory @Julsmarshall I can already tell it's going to be a favorite of the year 8mo
EKonrad Thought this one was so interesting! 8mo
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Ruthiella This has been on my list every since I read Milkman... I‘ve yet to get to it. 8mo
vivastory @Ruthiella I still need to read Milkman! But I highly recommend it. Very compelling 8mo
SamAnne I read them overlapping and it so helped me understand Milkman. 8mo
vivastory @SamAnne I could definitely see that. I might have to move Milkman up my TBR. 8mo
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StellaDz
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Anything to do with the IRA and the Troubles, I‘m intensely interested in. It was a horrific time period, and I cannot imagine being caught up, on either side, of it. Telling the story around one of the more troubling and shocking of the disappeared, was an interesting and new POV. Highly recommended.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

charl08 Such a good book! 8mo
StellaDz @charl08 it really was!! ❤️ Learned so many things I never knew before! (edited) 8mo
JennF13 I just finished this and also loved it, looking for more on the Troubles/IRA. Any suggestions? 4mo
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EKonrad
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This nonfiction read was super captivating and educational about The Troubles and the IRA in Ireland. It read like a thriller. Will definitely recommend! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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eve
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this book has an incredibly high ratio of how much I enjoyed it versus how little it fits into my usual reading habits. Captivating storytelling within the context of a part of history that I was pretty ignorant of, and gave me lots to reflect on in matters of history, violence, and what we mean when we say revolution.

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PNWBookseller85
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I highly recommend this. It‘s nonfiction that reads like fiction. Solid writing and storytelling and of course a fascinating and tragic subject. If you haven‘t yet, read this book!!

UnabridgedPod I thought this one was great!! I learned so much, and you‘re right—it‘s such a compelling read. 11mo
SamAnne One of my best 2020 reads. I too learned so much. I read it while I was reading Milk Man--and kind of struggling with it--and then I understood! 11mo
PNWBookseller85 @SamAnne I‘m going to have to read Milk Man next! 11mo
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Quite the interesting story. I‘ve always heard a little of the IRA and conflict in Northern Ireland but never knew the why or details. So frightening, because it strikes closer to home more now than ever due to the vitriol and animosity that‘s existed in America over the last year. I see the beginning of a path that can lead to deep hatred and outward violence. A riveting, yet horrifying story of decades of unresolved issues.

SamAnne One of my best reads of last year. 12mo
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My grandfather was born in Belfast, though he came to the US well before the timeframe of this book. This is FASCINATING. (Also harrowing, but I can‘t look away.) #saynothing #patrickraddenkeefe #northernireland #truecrime #irishrepublicanarmy #ira #civilunrest

MallenNC This was probably my top book of last year. 12mo
CSeydel I devoured this one! So much I didn‘t know about all that. 12mo
actualdisneyprincess @MallenNC it‘s amazing omg. 12mo
actualdisneyprincess @CSeydel I took an Irish Drama class my senior year of college, so I had a limited exposure to The Troubles through the lens of plays written about them - this goes so way beyond that that I‘m just 😱😨 about it all!! How scary!!! 12mo
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My favorite in Non-Fiction or Memoir was Say Nothing. The others in my top ten list include Bad Blood
Hidden Valley Road
Priestdaddy
Book of Eels
Good Talk
Born A Crime
Death in the Air
Know My Name
Becoming Duchess Goldblatt

SamAnne Toss up between this one and Warmth of Other Suns for me. And I loved reading the tagged along with Milkman. (edited) 13mo
akfreeborn @SamAnne I have Milkman on my tbr stack. I will move it up! 13mo
Mitch I loved this book! 13mo
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Singout
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A great NF read, especially after novel “Milkman,” and of personal interest as I did peace work there in the early 90s. Keefe explores Catholic politics in Northern Ireland from the late 60s to the present through four varied people: politician Gerry Adams, two differing IRA members, and a disappeared mother, keeping the complex info and analysis flowing and engaging. (Bonus: audio is read by a Belfast actor.)
#Nonfiction2020 #SomethingaboutGuns

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds very interesting and it‘s been on my list for awhile.... I think I‘ll have to move it up now and make a note to go with the audiobook too. 14mo
Singout Do! The diversity of the characters and Keefe‘s gift for balancing their personal stories with the broader picture is pretty amazing. He admits himself it‘s only one part of the bigger picture, but an important one. I‘m glad he brings it right up to the present day. And that sexy Belfast accent... 😉 14mo
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Mitch
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#newyearwhodis

Incase you‘re feeling impatient Scott - here‘s my list. Happy to guide you through and put the list in some sort of order for you... I‘m also going to take a bet with myself on the two or three that might appeal to you!

monalyisha I don‘t want to sway anyone when you may have a lot of money riding on this bet with yourself, @Mitch — but there was one *I* was excited to see on the list, & I hope you read it @vivastory ! I‘ll tag after. 😅 14mo
Mitch @monalyisha 🤣🤣🤣 14mo
Cinfhen Awesome list 14mo
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vivastory What a great list!! I have read (& loved) #2 & #4. I own but haven't read 6 & 8. Of the rest, 1, 10 & 12 especially stand out. Will for sure read those five in January! (Which ones were you thinking would appeal to me?) 14mo
Mitch @vivastory yeah ... I want far off my predictions! I thought you might like 1, 4, 6, 10 and 12! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 14mo
vivastory @Mitch Impressive! 👏👏I read Bad Blood a bit ago but I still think of it frequently. I'll probably give a copy to my dad for the holidays. 14mo
monalyisha @vivastory # 12 was the title I hoped you‘d pick! I read it a few years ago & loved it so much! What a voice! And I hardly see it get the kind of popular (vs critical) attention it deserves. Good stuff! 14mo
vivastory @monalyisha I'm really looking forward to it. A couple of years ago I read his book Quesadillas & loved it 14mo
monalyisha @vivastory I keep ALMOST choosing that one for my IRL book club pick. There are 6 of us, so we each get to choose 2 books per year. So, so close! I‘ll have to bump it up. (edited) 14mo
Mitch @monalyisha I knew it! Should have put money on it!👍🏼 14mo
monalyisha @Mitch Ha! Love it. 😉 14mo
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True crime/history of the Troubles. A well researched book and fascinating to listen to.

crhealey So good! 14mo
SamAnne Loved this one! 14mo
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Julsmarshall
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A riveting story about the decades of political strife and violence in Northern Ireland. Meticulously researched, it manages to read more like a thriller than non-fiction. Heartbreakingly candid, the author doesn‘t shy away from the complicated personal histories of the IRA‘s leaders and the violent elements on both sides during “the Troubles”. I listened on audio and loved the Irish accent of the narrator. Highly recommend! #nonfictionnovember

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This book starts as a mystery. A mother of 10 is taken from her home by possible IRA members and is never seen again. What happened to her? But there is more behind this disappearance. Keefe goes into a thorough background of IRA members, conflicts and leadership from the 60s to current times. This book was overwhelming at times with the number of people involved, but always interesting and kept me reading.

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SamAnne Loved loved this one. 1y
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Bailedbailed

I don‘t want to say I bailed because it‘s not good, it‘s just not the genre I‘m looking for right now. I got this on audiobook so I will likely revisit at another time.

I didn‘t realize how heavy on the IRA this story was. It‘s the type of thing I know I‘ll be very interested in when I‘m in the right mindset, but for now I‘m moving on.

For the sake of #bookspinbingo I‘m reviewing now

TheAromaofBooks Sometimes it's better to set aside a book instead of forcing your way through it. 1y
Reviewsbylola I bailed on this one too. Twice. 😂 I think it‘s safe to say it‘s not for me. 1y
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DGRachel
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I probably loved the narrator more than I loved the book, but that‘s what happens to me now with audiobooks. 🤷🏻‍♀️ As for the book, I was equal parts fascinated and horrified by the details of The Troubles and the IRA, since as an American, I only remember passing references to them on our news. I appreciated the details offered on the research project run out of Boston College and everything that went wrong there.

Amiable I think it was Boston College, not Boston University. (As a BU alumna I am compelled to correct for the record. 🙂) (edited) 1y
DGRachel @Amiable Fixed. One of the dangers of listening rather than reading print for me, I‘m afraid. 1y
Amiable @DGRachel BU and BC get confused all the time—no worries! 1y
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Annie1215
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Starting this audiobook to accompany me through a busy week of new projects at work.

I still had some pumpkin coffee! Today‘s off to an okay day 🥰🎃☘️

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nitalibrarian
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We had to do a Nature Park #audiowalk today. It's gorgeous outside.

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ephemeralwaltz
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Details from Say Nothing (2018) from my previous post ✨

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ephemeralwaltz
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Mini book haul from this last week ✨ Will post details from Say Nothing in a next post because I have a feeling it might be of interest to a lot of you!

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nitalibrarian
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Sunset #audiowalk.

Sace 🏆 A #BestOfLitsy post. So pretty. 1y
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nitalibrarian
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It was too beautiful of a day not to do a nature park walk after work. Also it will soon be too dark after work to do walks here. ☹️ Better get them in before that happens.

#audiowalk

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nitalibrarian
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Started a new audiobook on our evening walk. I decided on this true crime/Irish history of The Troubles. Very interesting beginning. I'm hooked.

SamAnne On of my favorite books of 2020 1y
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mjtwo
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20-29 September 2020 (audiobook)
An interesting story of The Troubles and the IRA in the late 20th century. Figures such as Dolours Price, the McConvill children and Brandon Hughes are compelling but this is not an unbiased history (are they ever?) and the author clearly intended to malign Gerry Adams. Adams is intriguing — denying being a member of the IRA in spite of considerable evidence to the contrary. Nevertheless I learned a great deal.

SamAnne Loved, loved, loved this book. 1y
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TamTracy
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This one was just ok. I love true crime books but I‘m also not a history buff so this one wasn‘t my favorite. It had some real interesting parts but fell short as a whole for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Loretta
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Meticulously researched and wonderfully written, this book reads more like the most nail-biting of whodunnits than what I think of when I think “history book.”

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Full-length review on my Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lorettalucia/

SamAnne One of the best books I‘ve read this year. 1y
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Racrandall
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Great book but not always a easy read, I would recommend it to anyone that is interested in the history of Ireland, the mindset of key IRA figures & the account of the “Troubles”conflict in Northern Ireland. I have a better understanding now of the conflict between Britain and Ireland & how complicated it was & probably still is. Definitely will read some of the authors other books.

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This is a very well-written and organized non-fiction book describing the murder of Jean McConville in 1972, who was a mother of 10 and other murders suspected from the IRA. The story goes in depth into The Troubles in Ireland in the late 1900's.

It's a great story but I found myself confused with the amout of details and side stories presented via audiobook. But the ending was all tied-together absolutely perfectly I thought.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5

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MallenNC
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I love narrative nonfiction so I decided to have a theme for my choices of three books I love. These are all really easy to read and I learned a lot.

#3Books
#ThreeBooksILove

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻📚👍🏻 1y
MyNamesParadise I‘m in the middle of Say Nothing right now! Granted I‘m also reading 3 other books, but I‘ve heard nothing but great things about Say Nothing! 1y
MallenNC @MyNamesParadise It is really great! I also relate to reading multiple books at once. 1y
OriginalCyn620 Awesome! 1y
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Loretta
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Just starting this for book club in a couple weeks! #CatsofLitsy #StacyCatIsBestCat

nikirtehsuxlol Oooh I have this on audiobook 1y
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We listened to the audio version on our drive from Florida to Maine and back. My husband never listens and we were very riveted by this true story of the troubles and all its players. I learned a lot. What complicated issues and terrible behavior by all. Someday Ireland will be united but it seems the troubles are still quite fresh for many. Highly recommend!

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Pickpick

Very well done. This book tells the story of the Troubles using the story of Jean McConnville as an entry point. This is a good book if you‘ve heard bits and pieces about the Troubles over the years and want a book that will join it all up. Also some interesting thoughts about moral questions.

SamAnne One of my favorites this year. 1y
rabbitprincess @SamAnne And now I want to go read Seamus Heaney‘s poetry! 1y
SamAnne @rabbitprincess yes! I feel like the book helped me better understand so many Irish novels. Esp. Milk Man. 1y
rabbitprincess @SamAnne I‘ll have to go back to watching Derry Girls as well, now that I have this background. 1y
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