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The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie | Ayana Mathis
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Fifteen years old and blazing with the hope of a better life, Hattie Shepherd fled the horror of the American South on a dawn train bound for Philadelphia. Hattiee(tm)s is a tale of strength, of resilience and heartbreak that spans six decades. Her American dream is shattered time and again: a husband who lies and cheats and nine children raised in a cramped little house that was only ever supposed to be temporary. She keeps the children alive with sheer will and not an ounce of the affection they crave. She knows they done(tm)t think her a kind woman e" but how could they understand that all the love she had was used up in feeding them and clothing them. How do you prepare your children for a world you know is cruel? The lives of this unforgettable family form a searing portrait of twentieth century America. From the revivalist tents of Alabama to Vietnam, to the black middle-class enclave in the heart of the city, to a filthy bar in the ghetto, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is an extraordinary, distinctive novel about the guilt, sacrifice, responsibility and heartbreak that are an intrinsic part of ferocious love.
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Cinfhen
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Thank you so much @BarbaraBB for this wonderful book. Once I started reading the story of young Hattie & her twins I couldn‘t put the book down. Each chapter focused on one of Hattie‘s 11 children as the years move from 1925 - 1980. A remarkable story but still lots of unanswered questions #BookClubWorthy

BarbaraBB I am happy you liked it! Thinking of some other books to share with you! 1mo
Cinfhen You‘re so sweet @BarbaraBB but I still have a few books you‘ve gifted me that I haven‘t gotten to yet 🙈 1mo
BarbaraBB Same here 🙈😘 1mo
Cinfhen Hahahahaha @BarbaraBB #BookNerdProblems ♥️😘 1mo
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Cinfhen
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#RedRoseSeptember I remember when this book came out and it was chosen as an Oprah selection. I never got around to reading it so I‘m thrilled that the lovely @BarbaraBB recently gifted me a copy🥰So instead of #TwoTribes I present 12 Tribes of Hattie🤗🤗🤗 And thanks for the #EightiesThrowback 🎶🤟🏽I 🖤Frankie Goes To Hollywood

BarbaraBB 😘 2mo
arlenefinnigan Excellent choice! 2mo
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BeaG
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Excellent book! I loved every story. They were based on Hattie and the 12 children she bore. Each story was juicy and kept my attention. Some shocking and some sad. All were good.

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Beccacraft
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This book was full of depressing characters and attitudes, and I never could fully get myself in the mood to read it. Several of the characters/chapters were interesting, but all left me feeling unsatisfied with how Hattie and her children encountered and navigated the world.

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janeycanuck
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Love the way Mathis told Hattie‘s story, through each of her children.

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ElectricKatyLand
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Sweeping story of family ties, US history, and race/class disparities. I didn‘t love it, but it was well written and poignant.

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MsLeah8417
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BookaholicNatty
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Oprah book club pick I found. Anyone familiar with this?

DivineDiana Yes! I read it when it first came out, but truthfully I can‘t remember too much. 🤔 1y
huntersmom1977 On my TBR!! I‘m a Oprah‘s BookClub fanatic ☺️ 1y
C.Perone Like @DivineDiana I also read it when it first came out and don‘t remember much of it. However, I feel like it wasn‘t a waste of reading time—an engaging way to spend time, if ultimately unimpressionable. Lol hope that was helpful 1y
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2BR02B I gifted it to my mom last year. She said it was well-written but fairly depressing. 1y
Notafraidofwords I read it and still remember parts of it very clearly. I enjoyed it. 1y
Amie I liked it. 1y
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Booksnob
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Creatively written. Enjoying.

Bookmarkie I've owned this book for several years now, but never read it. I'll have to move this up my pile! 2y
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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I would not have chosen this book myself, but it seemed like a good choice for #5book5bingo for an Oprah book club book. I ended up liking it a lot more then expected. The story follows the lives of Hattie and her family through the years, each section focusing on another child.

JenlovesJT47 I read this a few years ago, really liked it! 2y
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AshleyS
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We had to make an unexpected trip to urgent care which has derailed my reading some, but it‘s next to a half price books so I got to shop while I wait for my dude. (He‘s ok) #24in48

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goodbyefrancie
Mehso-so

I can't say that I enjoyed this audio book, but it was definitely interesting enough to keep me listening. It's a consistently sad story of a woman who rushed into life and had to deal with a life that was too hard, some due to her choices and some due to tragedy. In the vein of Homegoing, but not of the same caliber. Just so-so for me.

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goodbyefrancie
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Making my drive less boring. Not sure about this book yet.

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angieinwonderland
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This was quite a downer without giving any real insight into the characters. Each character had their own chapter that centered around Hattie and left much to the imagination. The characters weren't developed nor were they relatable to me. I usually enjoy a character driven book but unfortunately not this one.

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kellock
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I lost the dust jacket. Ok, ok, I hate dust jackets so I ditched it. Never the less I am enjoying the book.

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Jas16
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One of my Tuesday thrift store finds works for #novemberbythenumbers

Cinfhen Good choice🙌🏻 2y
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Cinfhen
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#MelodiousMusicals Day 1 (catch-up) This is a future bookclub choice, which has been "compared" to the biblical story of Jacob and the twelve tribes of Israel. I always found the story of Joseph, his brothers and his coat of many colors a favorite bible story...I'm looking forward to reading this book but it's not until May....#GoGoGoJoseph

Natasha.C.Barnes Nice choice! 2y
Cinfhen Thanks @Natasha.C.Barnes ❤️ 2y
CrowCAH Great choice! The perfect comparison; 12=12! 2y
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Dragon Years ago I saw Donny Osmond in Joseph and The Technicolor Dream Coat, so of course I loved the story 💕oops had to fix the title 😂 (edited) 2y
Andrew65 Looks good! 2y
Mdargusch I was in a middle school production of Joseph and The Technicolor Dreamcoat! Love that music. 2y
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Gnoe
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Emotional beginnings...

Elsje Ik vond dit zoooooo mooi! 2y
Gnoe Ik vond t ook erg mooi @elsje! 2y
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MPL
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A reviewer on Goodreads very accurately stated "this is not a book you like". Hattie's 12 tribes are her children and one grandchild who each have a different story to tell - very few (if any?) ending happily. This book and its characters will stay with you.

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JessBerk
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I enjoyed this book; it was a book of growth. I felt though, that at the end, it was too abrupt. I can see the author's intention of showing how growth is never-ending; I just hoped for more closure. I'll be passing it on to my local LFL, but happy I got to read it.

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LTH
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Amazing...that is all.

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Ber135
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Today was another great book sale at my local thrift bookstore. I got all these four books, barely new, for just $1.40! Three in english, one in spanish. I'm totally looking forward to get my hands on all of them. #BookHaul #Thriftstore #March

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autumnprivett
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Didn't love the way the story played out. Mathis tells us the story of Hattie by looking at the lives of her 11 (!!!!!) children and one grandchild. I didn't feel like I connected to any of the characters, though I had great empathy for all of them. This review in the NY TIMES is helpful: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/12/06/books/the-twelve-tribes-of-hattie-by-ayana...

megnews Read this last year and I agree. 3y
Donna_sBookMinute I just came across it on one of my shelves while looking for another book. Thought about reading it soon. Probably will. 3y
autumnprivett @Donna_sBookMinute I hope you enjoy it. It wasn't a waste. 3y
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megnews
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"My dignity would see us swinging from a tree."
I had bailed on this book a few times before. Listening to the audiobook in the car (when not listening to Gone Crazy in Alabama with my son) has been much better. #diversebooks

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Onioons
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#booktober #debutnovels "Hattie knew her children did not think her a kind woman-perhaps she wasn't, but there hadn't been time for sentiment when they were young. She had failed them in vital ways but what good would it have done to spend the days hugging & kissing if there hadn't been anything to put in their bellies? They didn't understand that all the love she had was taken up with feeding & clothing them & preparing them to meet the world" ❤️

Notafraidofwords This book totally broke me. I loved it. 3y
rubyslippersreads This mother sounds very similar to Katie in 3y
Onioons Thanks @rubyslippersreads that's been on my TBR list forever. Will def read it now! 3y
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BooksBeyondtheNest
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This is on my TBR. Started it a while back. Saving it for my challenge with @BeyondWords #septphotochallenge

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