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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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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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I learned so much from this book that I never knew! I gasped in shock many times and was completely engrossed. The human toll really was incredible.

Highly recommended to anyone that wants to understand one more corner of the world a bit better. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

SamAnne And even if a reader did not have the topic at the top of the list, it will engross them. So well written! 1mo
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Deblovestoread
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Cheating again for May with a nonfiction favorite and a fiction favorite. I loved Unlikely Animals on audio.

#12DaysofChristmas. #12booksof2022

Andrew65 Second mention for Unlikely Animals. 1mo
CBee We have really similar book tastes, Deb 😊😊 1mo
ChaoticMissAdventures I really enjoyed Patrick Radden Keefe's writing. His investigations are so interesting. 1mo
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Ruthiella
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One of the best books I read in May 2022 and an excellent reminder to read more nonfiction! This account of the IRA and the conflict in Northern Ireland and its delicate peace process was interesting and educational.

12Bookof2022

Andrew65 I don‘t read enough non-fiction. An important theme. 1mo
Ruthiella @Andrew65 I don‘t either. I am so much more drawn to fiction! 1mo
Andrew65 @Ruthiella Definitely, possibly for escapism 😂 But also I still feel I learn a lot from fiction especially when it sends me to Google or Wikipedia. 1mo
Ruthiella @Andrew65 Totally agree! I also tend to remember fictional accounts better, maybe because I am emotionally invested in them while reading. 1mo
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Addison_Reads
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Another excellent read by one of my favorite nonfiction authors.

I knew very little about the conflict in Northern Ireland. The way this book is written pulls the reader into the conflict giving accurate background information while also weaving in and out of the victim's life before the crime occurs. It felt like reading a novel, which is why I love PRK's writing.

BkClubCare I read this for a NonFic companion to Milkman - which I had read prior to Say Nothing and then listened (for a 2nd “read”) to Milkman - - overall, what a an amazing literary experience! 2mo
Addison_Reads @BkClubCare I will have to add that one to my list. Thank you for the recommendation. 2mo
BkClubCare @Addison_Reads - I absolutely loved Milkman. It is a “good” challenge and has a rhythm that took some effort. But the audio! That second read was immersive!! 2mo
kspenmoll This is such an important book- I loved it! 2mo
SamAnne So good. He knows how to tell a story and sucks you in. 2mo
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Reyzl
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One of the books that I have enjoyed the most. It offers an accurate account of the conflict in Northern Ireland and a very personal portrait of the people involved. It has the pace of a novel even though it is presenting historical facts based on research and interviews. I strongly recommend it.

kspenmoll This book is fabulous! So is his exposé on the Sackler family & their more than dishonest marketing of oxytocin 3mo
Reyzl Thanks for the tips @kspenmoll! 3mo
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DcSunshine
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Out of the three books I‘ve read by Keefe, this was my least favorite - still good, but it was harder to follow. The first half of the book was excellent but something happens in the second half that didn‘t connect the dots for me. I‘m glad to have read it and maybe would reread it again to see if it was me, not the author.

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Tagged book has been on TBR for a long time! Found at the library in their sale nook!Never know what might be found there.

Ruthiella I love it when I find a book in a goodwill or library sale that I‘ve been meaning to read for years. I take it as a sign that now‘s the time to read it (though I don‘t always follow up on that! 😆). 3mo
Leftcoastzen @Ruthiella indeed!😄 3mo
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britt_brooke
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So enjoyed this session with Patrick Radden Keefe! He spoke for a bit then took several audience questions. Such an interesting person! I met him afterward and got the tagged book signed. I haven‘t read it yet, but was impressed by Rogues and Empire of Pain. He‘s an incredible journalist! And he was super nice. #southernfestivalofbooks #nashville

Scochrane26 The tagged is very good. I listened to it, which was nice because the narrator is Irish. 4mo
britt_brooke @Scochrane26 I‘ll probably end up doing the same! 🎧 4mo
JenReadsAlot Awesome! I loved Empire of Pain. 4mo
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vivastory Incredible! Sounds like a wonderful time 📚📚 4mo
britt_brooke @vivastory I know you loved Say Nothing, so I had to tag you. 😊 Hoping to finally read it soon! 4mo
britt_brooke @JenReadsAlot Such a great read! 4mo
CaramelLunacy Say Nothing was brilliant and sad and portentous. I hope you love it. 4mo
britt_brooke @CaramelLunacy Thank you! Looking forward to finally getting to it. 4mo
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tphil10283
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This is a very good and well researched book about some of the known key characters of the Irish troubles that began again in the 1970s in earnest. It‘s too bad all history books aren‘t this engaging, if they were, maybe more people would learn from it.

kspenmoll Fantastic book and author! 6mo
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JamieArc
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Some short #Booker2022 Longlist books leave some room for some other light night reading 😂. I‘m wondering how this will make as a companion piece between The Colony and Small Things Like These. I couldn‘t wait any longer to start this one after some recent Litsy comments. #BlameItOnLitsy

batsy I wanted to read quite a bit of the Booker longlist but I've yet to start 🙈 This sounds like the perfect nonfic book to read for context for Small Things and Colony. 6mo
jlhammar Great timing, I think, given your other reads. I loved this one! Empire of Pain was also good and hope to get to Rogues soon. I thought his podcast, Wind of Change, was also pretty great. https://www.patrickraddenkeefe.com/podcast 6mo
Christine ❤️ Looking forward to learning what you think of it! And OMG yes, @jlhammar , I had forgotten he did that podcast, it‘s such a great one!! 6mo
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Current audiobook.

#ireland #history

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Yahui07
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Such a wonderful coincidence that I read two books about the history of Northern Ireland in a row and in such a perfect order (previous one is The Yellow House). I Love this book very much.
Now I learn the history related to the Cause, partition of the Ireland, the Trouble and the Good Friday Agreement and become a bit obsessive of the history thereof and want to know more about all that!!
Highly recommend!!

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Deblovestoread
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Another great week. Mary J. was the perfect book after finishing Say Nothing. 5 🌟s for both. The other two were good but not great. I need to finish Longings next for #LMPBC and read my Obama section for the month.

Say Nothing was my May #Bookspin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 9mo
Cinfhen I have Say Nothing on my shelf….just waiting for the right mood 😜and I agree Mary Jane was so fun! Did you do audio for that one?? It was fabulous on audio 🥰 9mo
Cinfhen Your upcoming reads look great!! I enjoyed this one 9mo
Deblovestoread @Cinfhen Yes! I am sure the audio is what made it 5 🌟. I am loving Longings, but in light of recents events I get a little angry at how the women were treated. And I had to read Say Nothing in spurts rather than straight through. (edited) 9mo
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Deblovestoread
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#MarvellousMayUpdate

Had a lovely 3 day weekend with lots of reading time. Say Nothing is an exceptional piece of nonfiction. I was riveted by the individual stories and learned so much about the Troubles. Troubles seems too small a word for this explosive time in Northern Ireland.

Loved Tookie and The Sentence and I am loving The Book of Longings for #LMPBC.

Andrew65 Doing well 👏👏👏 9mo
Megabooks The Sentence was really good. I‘m still thinking about it months later. 9mo
kspenmoll Say Nothing is phenomenal. 9mo
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Ruthiella
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Read for #Booked2022 Spring - Written by a Journalist. It was interesting to see how the disparate threads would match up in this nonfiction account of an abduction and subsequent murder in N. Ireland in 1972 backgrounded by the rise of the Provisional IRA. It was a difficult book to digest at times because it‘s a complicated situation which has morphed now, decades later into an all too fragile peace. I thought it was excellent, tragic & honest.

JamieArc I‘ll be reading this for the same prompt. Looking forward to it. 9mo
EvieBee Wonderful review! 9mo
Ruthiella @JamieArc I think you will probably appreciate it. Its definitely more than a true crime account. 9mo
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Ruthiella @EvieBee Thanks! 😊 9mo
squirrelbrain Such a good book! And a great review too! 9mo
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain Thanks! 😊 9mo
Cinfhen I have both book & audio just haven‘t been in the mood for it yet…I‘ve heard great things and your review makes me need to move it up 🔝 9mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen I did an ebook/audio book combo which really worked for me. The audio narrator has a N. Irish accent too, which was great for setting the tone. 9mo
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Deblovestoread
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Jean McConville was 38 when she disappeared, and she had spent nearly half her life either pregnant or recovering from childbirth.

Took a mental health day today. It‘s grey, windy and rainy so a good day for a fascinating book, a cozy blanket and hot tea.

Happy Friday!

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keithmalek
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Readers who enjoyed this book will also enjoy "Anatomy of a Killing: Life and Death on a Divided Island" by Ian Cobain.

EvieBee Sounds great! 9mo
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Deblovestoread
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May‘s #BookSpinBingo board. Really happy with the #BookSpin and #Doublespin books. Should be a lovely book filled month.

Bklover Beautiful! 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looks great!!! 9mo
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keepingupwiththepenguins
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I guess I came to Say Nothing expecting a bit more true crime, and a little less history – which is a fault of my own, not Keefe‘s incredible work. It‘s less of a family saga than Empire Of Pain, and more a documentary-style investigation into the consequences of violence and silence. Full review: https://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/say-nothing-patrick-radden-keefe/

kspenmoll I just loved this book, but I am a history major! He investigative journalism is extraordinary- Empire of Pain was indeed focused on the Sackler family as they were Purdue Pharma. 9mo
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squirrelbrain
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I knew that so many Littens loved this but I was still wary; I was convinced that a NF book about politics and religion may be a bit dry.I couldn‘t have been more wrong. The author deftly weaves fascinating personal stories in with the bigger picture to create a compelling narrative of The Troubles in Northern Ireland.

I had an issue with the audio though; it just wasn‘t going into my brain so switched to print.

#booked2022 #writtenbyajournalist

Cathythoughts Great review! 11mo
vivastory This was hands down one of my favorite & most recommended books of last yr. Fiction or nonfiction. I was caught off guard by it. 11mo
TrishB Very true 👍🏻 11mo
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Amiable He‘s SUCH a good writer 11mo
marleed I‘m so glad I read this book! 11mo
Megabooks Great review! His books are fantastic! 11mo
Cinfhen I loved the accent on the audio but I couldn‘t follow along, so I bought the book too! It‘s still on my shelf…must get to it 💚 11mo
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“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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Megabooks
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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 14mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen yes definitely! 14mo
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BethM This is sooooo good! 14mo
MallenNC I love Patrick Radden Keefe‘s work. I haven‘t gotten to Empire of Pain yet but I loved Say Nothing. 14mo
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) 14mo
Megabooks @BethM it really was!! 14mo
Megabooks @MallenNC I hope you‘re able to get to EoP in 2022. I inhaled it. So fascinating! 14mo
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. 14mo
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. 14mo
BarbaraBB If you want to read more about the Troubles I can recommend the tagged one which also fits the #pop22 hotel prompt 14mo
EvieBee And now you‘re ready to watch BELFAST. So good!! https://youtu.be/YuDXdiNDCLA (edited) 14mo
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. 14mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB fantastic! Thanks for the rec. 💜 14mo
Megabooks @EvieBee thank you as well! Loving these recommendations. 👍🏻 14mo
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. 14mo
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ThePageantHam
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christmas came early 🎄
self care in the form of a book haul 📚

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Scochrane26
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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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marleed
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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. 💕💕💕 1y
marleed @Suet624 Agree! I‘m so glad I finally read a nonfiction book about this time. 1y
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. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
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TrishB
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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 😊 1y
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… 1y
Cathythoughts Thanks Trish 👍🏻 1y
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TrishB @JillR it is heavy. But completely compelling and eye opening! 1y
squirrelbrain I bought it last time it was 99p - I‘m saving it for the journalist prompt of #booked2022 1y
CaroPi I have it in audible in my TBR. I think I must start soon 1y
TrishB @squirrelbrain I‘m doing this one for that prompt 1y
TrishB @CaroPi hope you like it when you get to it 👍🏻 1y
squirrelbrain That‘s a tough one Trish, but so good. 1y
JillR @trishb if it‘s compelling I think I can do it! Will bump it up the pile… 1y
kspenmoll One of my best reads ever! 1y
TrishB @kspenmoll that‘s a great recommendation! 1y
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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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JenDR
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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. 1y
Sparkerdude Thanks for this recommendation! 1y
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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 😉). 2y
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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. 2y
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vivastory
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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 2y
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! 2y
TrishB NF is not really my thing, but this was a great read 👍🏻 2y
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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 2y
Leftcoastzen He is such a good writer! A huge difference when reading nonfiction, a quality narrative! 2y
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? 2y
vivastory @Leftcoastzen Agreed! Empire of Pain is at the top of my TBR 2y
vivastory @Ruthiella I look forward to your thoughts on it! What's a best of list without a few extras thrown in?! 😂📚 2y
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 🤍 2y
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 🍷📚 2y
Megabooks I have really enjoyed your list. 👍🏻 I need to read this from Keefe, and I highly recommend you check out his latest! 2y
vivastory @Megabooks Thanks! It's at the very top of my TBR 📚📚 2y
KarenUK Such a great choice for #10! I‘ve really loved seeing your picks, and grown my TBR (of course!) 2y
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 📚📚 2y
Suet624 I recommend this book to every person I know. 🙂 1y
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ValerieAndBooks
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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! 2y
DivineDiana Looks good! 👏🏻👍🏻📚 2y
BarbaraBB Lucy Gault is good and I am very curious of the Danticat! 2y
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kspenmoll Say Nothing is beyond fabulous! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @Ruthiella first heard of it from Litsy! Looking forward to getting to it. 2y
ValerieAndBooks @DivineDiana I have no hope of ever catching up on my TBR 😂 2y
ValerieAndBooks @BarbaraBB I noticed the Lucy Gault is a #1001Books, so just had to include it! And yes the Danticat intrigued me as well. 2y
ValerieAndBooks @kspenmoll Say Nothing has gotten very good Litsy reviews! 2y
DivineDiana @ValerieAndBooks I too am hopeless! ☹️ 2y
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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. 2y
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 2y
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EKonrad Loved this one! 2y
JaclynW Great review! I loved the book too. Excellent research and writing. I completely agree about this nonfiction surpassing all expectations. A true masterpiece. 2y
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). 2y
britt_brooke I‘ve been on the fence about reading this one, but your review has swayed me over! #stacked 2y
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 2y
britt_brooke @vivastory You know I love that comparison! 2y
vivastory @britt_brooke 👍 Looking forward to your thoughts on it 2y
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. 2y
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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!!! 2y
vivastory @Julsmarshall I can already tell it's going to be a favorite of the year 2y
EKonrad Thought this one was so interesting! 2y
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Ruthiella This has been on my list every since I read Milkman... I‘ve yet to get to it. 2y
vivastory @Ruthiella I still need to read Milkman! But I highly recommend it. Very compelling 2y
SamAnne I read them overlapping and it so helped me understand Milkman. 2y
vivastory @SamAnne I could definitely see that. I might have to move Milkman up my TBR. 2y
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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! 2y
StellaDz @charl08 it really was!! ❤️ Learned so many things I never knew before! (edited) 2y
JennF13 I just finished this and also loved it, looking for more on the Troubles/IRA. Any suggestions? 1y
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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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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. 2y
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! 2y
PNWBookseller85 @SamAnne I‘m going to have to read Milk Man next! 2y
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Pickpick

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. 2y
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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. 2y
CSeydel I devoured this one! So much I didn‘t know about all that. 2y
actualdisneyprincess @MallenNC it‘s amazing omg. 2y
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!!! 2y
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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) 2y
akfreeborn @SamAnne I have Milkman on my tbr stack. I will move it up! 2y
Mitch I loved this book! 2y
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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. 2y
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... 😉 2y
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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. 😅 2y
Mitch @monalyisha 🤣🤣🤣 2y
Cinfhen Awesome list 2y
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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?) 2y
Mitch @vivastory yeah ... I want far off my predictions! I thought you might like 1, 4, 6, 10 and 12! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2y
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. 2y
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! 2y
vivastory @monalyisha I'm really looking forward to it. A couple of years ago I read his book Quesadillas & loved it 2y
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) 2y
Mitch @monalyisha I knew it! Should have put money on it!👍🏼 2y
monalyisha @Mitch Ha! Love it. 😉 2y
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WellReadCatLady
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True crime/history of the Troubles. A well researched book and fascinating to listen to.

crhealey So good! 2y
SamAnne Loved this one! 2y
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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