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The Water Dancer
The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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A boldly imagined work of magic and adventure from the National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me. Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage--and lost his mother and all memory of her when he was a child--but he is also gifted with a mysterious power. Hiram almost drowns when he crashes a carriage into a river, but is saved from the depths by a force he doesn't understand, a blue light that lifts him up and lands him a mile away. This strange brush with death forces a new urgency on Hiram's private rebellion. Spurred on by his improvised plantation family, Thena, his chosen mother, a woman of few words and many secrets, and Sophia, a young woman fighting her own war even as she and Hiram fall in love, he becomes determined to escape the only home he's ever known. So begins an unexpected journey into the covert war on slavery that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia's proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the deep South to dangerously utopic movements in the North. Even as he's enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, all Hiram wants is to return to the Walker Plantation to free the family he left behind--but to do so, he must first master his magical gift and reconstruct the story of his greatest loss. This is a bracingly original vision of the world of slavery, written with the narrative force of a great adventure. Driven by the author's bold imagination and striking ability to bring readers deep into the interior lives of his brilliantly rendered characters, The Water Dancer is the story of America's oldest struggle--the struggle to tell the truth--from one of our most exciting thinkers and beautiful writers.
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suvata
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Mehso-so

The Water Dancer is part slavery history and part magical realism. This is the second book I‘ve read from this author and both were only so-so to me. It‘s not the stories themselves. The stories have been fascinating and very informative. But, I have difficulty with his writing style - at times it‘s very hard for me to follow the narrative. Others may not find that so. If you like his writing style you will love the content of his books.

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jamicuns
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I read 8 books in July. This is part 1 of my July 2019 book list. The Water Dancer by Ta-Neshisi Coates was my favorite novel that I read this month. The other 5 star rating went to I Think You Are Wrong but I‘ll Listen. This book is a must read if you are looking for ways to be part of the solution to our country‘s divisiveness. I was also introduced to their podcast, Pantsuit Nation, through this book. I highly recommend it.

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jamicuns
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Pickpick

I am a pretty fast reader when it comes to fiction but this book required that I take my time. I didn‘t want to skim a single sentence. Coates brilliantly shares commentary on the horror of slavery while keeping you engaged in the storyline, never bringing you out of the story. For a topic that is so heartbreaking, so horrific, so evil, he does a beautiful job of bringing the humanity into it as well. #thewaterdancer #netgalley #arc

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rather_be_reading
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Book 101 of 2019
#arc #ebook #netgalley

tjwill How is it so far? 1mo
rather_be_reading @tjwill weird, but good, kinda slow 1mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Mehso-so

I know this will be an popular opinion and I do love Coates‘ writing. This is a solid slavery narrative with magical realism elements. But, there have been several good books in this category recently and for that reason, this novel disappears a bit for me. #netgalley

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Emory
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Oh my gosh!!!! I am so excited to start this.

UnabridgedPod I can‘t wait!!! 1mo
sprainedbrain I just got approved for this on NetGalley and I can‘t wait. 😃 1mo
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rachelm
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Super glamorous shot at the salon. Reading this fantastic ARC while going red.

julesG Shots at the salon are always super glamorous! Fingers crossed for great red hair. 😁 1mo
Samplergal I‘ve pre-ordered it, since no one wanted to give me an ARC. 😉He‘s just the best , imho. 1mo
rachelm @Samplergal he‘s wonderful. I heard him read some of this work several years ago at a conference and knew I needed to get my hands on it. 1mo
rachelm @julesG thanks! Here‘s hoping! 1mo
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Stormborn1992
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1. The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates - thank you to NetGalley for the ARC!
Also reading The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon and several nonfictions!

2. Sangria!

3. “We were confronted across our distance quite long enough for me to ask myself with intensity who then he was and to feel, as an effect of my inability to say, a wonder that in a few instants became more intense.“ (Henry James)

#weekendreads

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BookishTrish
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Librarianship has its perks

merelybookish 😍 2mo
Hooked_on_books I‘ll be interested to hear what you think of this one. 2mo
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Liberty
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Evening reading. *does the Snoopy dance* 📚❤️📚

Theaelizabet I am SO jealous! 4mo
Davor The cover is stunning 😳 4mo
Cathythoughts Love this title 4mo
readordierachel Yes! 😍 3mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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A little late to see this but I thought I‘d share it anyway—cool cover for Ta-Nahesi Coates first novel which is out this September.

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