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Red at the Bone
Red at the Bone | Jacqueline Woodson
An extraordinary new novel about the influence of history on a contemporary family, from the New York Times-bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of Another Brooklyn and Brown Girl Dreaming. Two families from different social classes are joined together by an unexpected pregnancy and the child that it produces. Moving forward and backward in time, with the power of poetry and the emotional richness of a narrative ten times its length, Jacqueline Woodson's extraordinary new novel uncovers the role that history and community have played in the experiences, decisions, and relationships of these families, and in the life of this child. As the book opens in 2001, it is the evening of sixteen-year-old Melody's coming of age ceremony in her grandparents' Brooklyn brownstone. Watched lovingly by her relatives and friends, making her entrance to the soundtrack of Prince, she wears a special custom-made dress. But the event is not without poignancy. Sixteen years earlier, that very dress was measured and sewn for a different wearer: Melody's mother, for her own ceremony-- a celebration that ultimately never took place. Unfurling the history of Melody's parents and grandparents to show how they all arrived at this moment, Woodson considers not just their ambitions and successes but also the costs, the tolls they've paid for striving to overcome expectations and escape the pull of history. As it explores sexual desire and identity, ambition, gentrification, education, class and status, and the life-altering facts of parenthood, Red at the Bone most strikingly looks at the ways in which young people must so often make long-lasting decisions about their lives--even before they have begun to figure out who they are and what they want to be.
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rsteve388
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Oooooo I am cheating! I need a short read! I am reading this short but stunning book by one of my favorite authors! Not a #NFNov

Points have been counted y'all are doing well.

If you want a total please comment here and I'll give it to you tomorrow on my lunch break 1pm my time :)

NeedsMoreBooks Hi! When you get time, please let me know my total 😊 8h
Bookwormjillk I'd love a total, thanks! 1h
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Twocougs
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Wow, wow, wow such a stunningly beautiful and emotional story. Woodson writes characters better than any writer currently writing. Wow

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jploves2read
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I really (overall) love Jacquline Woodson‘s writings. She has a unique style all her own. This book was definitely typical of her atypicality. This was a book that really grabbed at my heart on so many levels. I feel like I need to sit with it for a few days and let it marinate. I do suggest you read it for yourself. 🙂

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jploves2read
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Guess I‘m on a reading roll. Finish one and start another. It sucked me in right away. 🙂 Enjoying so far. 🙂

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Mrs.Bolduc
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Can't believe I found the Word of the Day in my reading tonight! #bolducbookworms

Mrs.Bolduc What does the root “pel“ mean again??? 2w
ConnorBecomeDeviant The root “pel“ means to push or drive away. 6d
.ioisblocked @ConnorBecomeDeviant
Thanks Goo-I mean Selma. You definitely didn't google that.
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InputGoodNameHere I know what that word means it means to force someone away. 4d
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Mrs.Bolduc
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Sunday with my new book. 💚📚

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PaperbackSocial
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This one next?

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Avidreader25
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An incredibly quick read, but a powerful one. The narrative skips around in the timeline of one family. Iris, a 16-year-old girl, finds herself pregnant and we learn about her parents, her life in college, and her daughter Melody. The writing is lyrical and the story packs and emotional punch with a tie to 9/11.

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Jenken1998
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Some of the most beautiful words in such a small book. A story about history, inheritance, mothers, daughters, communities, heartbreak, hope, fathers, sons and so much more. The arrival of an unexpected pregnancy and its impact on several generations of one family.

#bookstagram #reading #2019readingchallenge #books #read #readathon #deweyoct #deweys24hourreadathon

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Jenken1998
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My #readathon stack.. but first an audiobook while i clean

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crazyspine
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Locomotion was one of those books that was life-changing for me. Glad to see that Woodson is still going strong decades later.

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crazyspine
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1. Personality wise humor; physically my hair
2. @BookBridget her sense of style and generosity. Every time I get a compliment on an outfit it's because she gave it to me.
3. I'm getting surgery on Monday, so I plan on not cleaning the house or doing any chores for a full week. I will watch Hocus Pocus and read. Send the book and movie recs my way, please.
#BFCgiveaway #giveaway @wanderinglynn #gobletoffitness #bfcr4

wanderinglynn Positive vibes & healing energy to you 💚 I‘ll be thinking about you on Monday. {hugs} And thanks for entering! 💜 4w
ljuliel I hope your surgery goes well and you‘re soon on the road to recovery. ❤️ 4w
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TK421 I hope the sugery goes well, and that you have a speedy recovery. I recommend watching 10th Kingdom while you rest for the week. 😊 4w
crazyspine @TK421 thanks 4w
TheSpineView 🤞 Hope all goes well! 4w
Honeybeegirl Hope things go well tomorrow! Enjoy relaxing and resting up too! 3w
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Jenken1998
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This mornings parking lot read while the kid has swim practice #1 🏊‍♂️😴

Bakingbookworm I get a lot of parking lot reading done too lol. I can‘t wait to read this book. 4w
megnews I do too and I‘m also looking forward to this book. 4w
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ManyWordsLater
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Jacquline Woodson‘s writing is so beautifully sparse. She leaves out information like a good friend would, trusting that you know enough to connect the dots.

#womenwriter

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UnabridgedPod
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Jacqueline Woodson's Red at the Bone is a lyrical masterpiece. Her writing is *always* beautiful, and at first, I was carried away at the sentence level, admiring the construction of each character's point of view. But as the book developed, I dove into the brilliance of the characters, as well, completely absorbed by the vividness of each new perspective.⠀(continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod The novel begins with Melody's coming out party, and we learn that this is a tradition that has gone back through her family through generations but one that skipped her mother. Woodson develops the reader's understanding layer by layer: Melody's parents, Iris and Aubrey, were teenagers when she was born, and she has been raised primarily by her father Aubrey and by her maternal grandparents. ⬇️ 4w
UnabridgedPod Her grandmother, Sabe, has made sure that she understands the strength she has gained from her ancestors, the racism and hatred they have overcome to bring her into a place of privilege.⠀

Though I think this book is beyond spoilers because so much of it isn't about what happens but about what we understand, ⬇️
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UnabridgedPod I do think discovering these different motivations, the way that the characters' lives brought them to where they are now, is worth approaching with a fresh perspective. It's a slim, perfect novel with unexpected depth. 4w
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Cinfhen
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Jacqueline Woodson has a gift / she paints stories with words.
With such limited storytelling this novel was so full bodied. The words were leaping and rising off the pages. This is the story of four generations from different economic backgrounds, told in a non-linear format & it‘s magnificent. Five ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
JW is a powerful voice for a new generation of black female writers 💪🏼🙌🏻❤️

TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 1mo
Cinfhen It‘s a one sitting read @TrishB so wait for a #KindleDeal because it‘s over in a blink 1mo
TrishB Will do 👍🏻 4w
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crazyspine Love the pic. Nice flowers! 4w
Cinfhen Thank you @crazyspine 🌷🌹💓 4w
Reviewsbylola GORGEOUS cover! 3w
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thebluestocking
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I loved this surprise of a novella. The story pans around a family during a big day in the life of their granddaughter and tells how they all came to be where they are. The writing was gorgeous and built to something small but significant.

ManyWordsLater I‘m reading this now! SO GOOD! 1mo
thebluestocking @ManyWordsLater Right? Love the writing. 💙 1mo
BarbaraBB Stacking! Just read @cinfhen ‘s review too. Equally enthusiastic! 4w
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Cinfhen Don‘t be buying @BarbaraBB it might be heading your way 😉 4w
Cinfhen I LOVE how authentic JW writes/ every word is thoughtful & part of the bigger picture (edited) 4w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Lol, what were we talking about just this morning? #booknerdproblems 🙈😂 (edited) 4w
Cinfhen True @BarbaraBB but some #BookNerd I know has a birthday coming up 🎈🎁🎉 4w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen 😊🥳 4w
thebluestocking @Cinfhen I loved your review as well. Her writing is spectacular and compact. You‘re right; every word is part of a bigger picture. 💙 3w
thebluestocking @BarbaraBB I really hope you enjoy it. And I hope it catches the attention of the ToB selectors. 💙 3w
Cinfhen Oh yes!!!! Definitely a contender for #ToB #ReadARooster 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @thebluestocking I am so looking forward to the #ToB longlist! 3w
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lele1432
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The core of this story focuses on the effects of the birth of Melody, born to teenage parents, told non-linearly from multiple POVs. It's character-driven, but I never felt an emotional connection that made me invested in the characters' lives. Several major themes are presented, including the Tulsa massacre that destroyed Black Wall Street, sexual identity, parenting & classism, but they felt surface level. This one just wasn't for me. 3⭐️s

lele1432 #Scarathlon #TeamStoker #ScaryScavengerHunt With bone in the title. I think this counts as an additional book read, any subject. @TheReadingMermaid (edited) 1mo
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Redheadrambles
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I must admit to struggling with this one. It is a quick read, well written has some nice music references and a lyrical nostalgic air about it. I found it very much out of my comfort zone in terms of writing style, it seemed melodramatic and overwrought in places and there was a frustrating plot point I will not give away.
Still worth a look if, like me, you are new to this author and want to decide for yourself if she is for you.

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Pedrocamacho
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In some ways, this book feels honest and sad. In others, it feels natural and unsurprising. It left me conflicted and I very much enjoyed that feeling.

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This book ripped me in two. I think it's a book best experienced, so I don't want to say too much, but Jacqueline Woodson is an incredible writer and so seamlessly puts you in the story and the narrators' heads. Do read this one.

Also - Roxane Gay talked about this one (spoiler free) for her Vice book club, available on YouTube- it's worth a watch.

Cinfhen Just got the book this week! You‘re review makes me want to bump it up!! 1mo
cathipink @Cinfhen I think you'll like it! It's a fairly quick read too- I read most of it in a day. 1mo
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ReadingEnvy
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A brief novel that starts with a 16 year old putting on a dress that should have been worn by her mother, but wasn't, and the story unfolds from there. This is an author I've always meant to try! I liked how complex her characters are and how their relationships shift in subtle ways. Do you have a favorite Woodson?
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The book came out September 17, 2019 and I did have an eARC from the publisher through NetGalley

Reggie I‘ve only read the tagged by her but it was beautiful and heartbreaking. 1mo
emtobiasz I love that she packs such a punch into a small page count. I haven‘t read many of her kids‘/YA titles, but love this other adult read: 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Reggie oh cool I haven't heard of this one, thanks. 1mo
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ReadingEnvy @emtobiasz is that the one that's semi autobiographical? 1mo
emtobiasz @ReadingEnvy Maybe? She definitely also lived in Brooklyn in that time period, but her memoir-in-verse for young readers is 1mo
Lindy You can't go wrong with anything by Woodson. I agree with @emtobiasz that her autobiographical Brown Girl Dreaming stands out, and also with @Reggie that If You Come Softly stands the test of time (first published in 1998). I have a soft spot also for 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy thank you! 1mo
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Lindy
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Woodson creates vivid characters using the sparest of prose. In this polyphonic novel that spans several decades, we come to know five people from three generations of a single Black family in Brooklyn. I especially loved Iris, a prickly unwed mother without much in the way of maternal feelings, who explores her bisexuality at college. #LGBTQ

charl08 Looking forward to reading this one! 1mo
Lindy @charl08 👍 1mo
Freespirit Great review! 1mo
Come-read-with-me @Lindy I just picked this book up and am moving it up on my TBR pile based on your great review. Thanks for sharing. 1mo
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Something about memory. It takes you back to where you were and lets you just be there for a time.

Photo: my sisters and cousins and me (in plaid, bottom left).

Cathythoughts Lovely picture ♥️ memories ✨✨✨ 1mo
Tanisha_A You look stylish! Poser. 😘 1mo
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LeahBergen ❤️❤️ 1mo
TrishB Love it ❤️ what a great pic. 1mo
Suet624 💕💕💕 1mo
saresmoore Too cute! 1mo
Lindy @Tanisha_A @leahbergen @trishb @suet624 @saresmoore Thanks, friends. When my cousin sent me this photo recently, I realized that I have loved overalls since at least age 3. (edited) 1mo
Freespirit How gorgeous 1mo
Reggie This is so adorable! 1mo
Come-read-with-me @Lindy This is so cute! You rocked those pants! 1mo
Lindy @Come-read-with-me Ha! Thanks. 1mo
batsy You're rocking the plaid overalls! Love this photo 💕 1mo
Lindy @batsy Thanks 😊 Forever plaid… 1mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Tonight I met the amazing Jacqueline Woodson! She is so intellectual, fun and a fabulous person!

Tamra You lucky lucky fan!! 1mo
Graywacke Awesome! 1mo
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Lauren890
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 This was my first Jacqueline Woodson read and I definitely want to read more. It‘s just under 200 pages but it packs a punch. The book rotates perspectives within a family and creates a beautiful picture of 3 generations and how their decisions have impacted themselves and their family. I finished and immediately wanted to reread it.

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JoyBlue
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Aspects of the writing were beautiful. Overall, I wasn't excited or wowed.

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This book moves between narrators, backwards and forwards in time, yet somehow Woodson weaves it together into a symphony where each character has an instrument to play. Other writers might create a cacophony, but Woodson has such a way with connecting people and events into a well-crafted story. I read this book in under 24 hours, but think that Melody, Iris, Aubrey, Sabe, and Po'Boy will stay with me for days ahead.

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Red At The Bone | Jacqueline Woodson | Pub 9/17/19

I stumbled upon Jacqueline Woodson by reading tasks for Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge some years ago. Now, it's a simple decision to read each new book that she publishes. This one did not disappoint. When I read time slip, it's easy to get confused by multiple points in history and varying perspectives, especially when it's not chronological.

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kbuggle
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This is going to sit with me for a while- I wasn‘t expecting such a small book to speak so much.
What wonderful writing.

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PatriciaU
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Woodson exposes family history with a scalpel - lifting up a flap of skin to reveal the bloody but strong sinew underneath which tethers a family together. She does not shy away from hard things like racism, violence, sex, and lost opportunities but uses those common experiences across generations to demonstrate how goddamn hard it is to keep your children from repeating your own stories.

MrBook Great review! 2mo
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Don't you just love it when the characters are so real, they become a part of you?
Jacqueline Woodson really excelled with this book. I've only read two of her other books before (the first one when I was in 6th grade), and I think she is amazing.

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A beautiful book that reads like a poem. You really get to know the personalities of Iris, Aubrey, Sabe, & Po'Boy. Each has their own issues & insecurities but you quickly come to love them. The families rally around the birth of daughter Melody, to a too young Iris. I also loved the audiobook, read by a full cast that includes the author.

Crazeedi Love the quote💞 2mo
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime @Crazeedi me too, so much...it opens the book & just stuck with me the whole time 2mo
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Library hold is available!!! #jacquelinewoodson #readatthebone #read

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rmaclean4
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Tight writing and some beautiful story telling. I just wish it had been longer.

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Presenting Jacqueline Woodson's author's bookshelf! Woodson is the bestselling author of more than two dozen award-winning books and now her powerful new release, Red at the Bone. See the bookshelf: https://www.strandbooks.com/jacqueline-woodson-bookshelf

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KatieDid927
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Beautiful story about family and what we pass down. The story itself was a little sparse but I loved the style and the characters were vivid. #ARC

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irre
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August felt slow. Didn‘t get through that many books.
Favorites: Red at the Bone and The Reckless Oath We Made

DivineDiana Looks like you did to me! 👏🏻👍🏻👏🏻 2mo
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MelissaSue81
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This one is hard to put into words! I was actually just trying to find a short book on my netgalley list to read to squeeze one more in for #reviewathon and oh my goodness I am so glad I did. This was a relatively short book but had so much emotion packed into it. At its essence it is a story of families, but also tackles race, class and many other topics. At the end I was left wanting a little more, but it was a gorgeous story. 5 Stars!

KatieDid927 Nice! I have an ARC of this that I‘m starting soon, glad it‘s good! 3mo
Tamra I so love Woodson‘s writing! 💜 3mo
megnews I always want more of Woodson! 3mo
IvoryLunatic I‘ve listened to 3 of her books so far. I requested this galley but have not heard anything back yet sadly. 3mo
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An unexpected teenage pregnancy pulls together two families from different social classes, and exposes the private hopes, disappointments, and longings that can bind or divide us from each other.
#TBR

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irre
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Jacqueline Woodson writing is poetic with so much emotion. Her books are never long enough. 4 ⭐️
Thanks #NetGalley for the copy.

Tamra She is a beautiful writer! 3mo
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Jas16
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Jacqueline Woodson does in 200 pages what it would take other authors twice as many. Out 9/17 #24in48

IvoryLunatic I‘ve only listened to Brown Girl Dreaming but I loved it. I can‘t wait to get more from her. 4mo
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This line. This line made me sob. This book is brilliant. Probably the best I have read this year. #24in48

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ellarebee
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Next up is an ARC of the new book from one of my FAVORITE authors. Thanks to Goodreads for this copy. I am so excited to get started! #24in48 @24in48

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Liberty
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Morning reading: Another stunning cover from Riverhead Books.🌸🌼🌺

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