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Water Dancer
Water Dancer | Ta-Nehisi Coates
In his boldly imagined first novel, Ta-Nehisi Coates, the National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me, brings home the most intimate evil of enslavement: the cleaving and separation of families. Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her--but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he's ever known. So begins an unexpected journey 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, Hiram's resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures. This is the dramatic story of an atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men, and children--the violent and capricious separation of families--and the war they waged to simply make lives with the people they loved. Written by one of today's most exciting thinkers and writers, The Water Dancer is a propulsive, transcendent work that restores the humanity of those from whom everything was stolen.
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MsLeah8417
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Blessed because we do not bear the weight of pretending pure.

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Doesn‘t it feel awesome when you finish a book that you‘ve had on your list for a while?? #WaterDancer #TaNehisiCoates

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YazzyFresh1
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We are what we always were .... underground. Last line of this book..... I loved it! Here‘s a picture of my book and my oddly placed book lamp!

mariaku21 I've been wanting to read that 3w
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It‘s been a full morning of house cleaning. Now time for a short break while lunch is in the oven.

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CaitlinR
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I‘ve read everything that Ta-Nehisi Coates has published. I know him to be a gifted essayist and writer of non-fiction but now fiction ... I want many more.

Hiram has the power of conduction, passed down to him from generations of water dancers. We meet the malicious Quality, the corrupt Low Whites, and come to grieve with, and celebrate those born to the Task. Coates tells us of an Underground, as magnificent and flawed as those who create it

Jee_HookedOnBookz I really enjoyed this too 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Pretty sure this was my favorite fiction book last year. I need to finalize my picks! 1mo
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shaynarae
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This is book is so beautifully written, it hooked me immediately. The protagonist, Hiram, is born a slave in Virginia with an incredible photographic memory who, as an adult, participates in assisting with the Underground Railroad. I simultaneously wanted more events out of the story because it‘s such a complicated historical event, but also think it‘s worth a re-read because I found some parts quite dense.

LoverOfLearning Great review! Adding to my TBR! 2mo
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November 2019 reading wrap-up:
The Water Dancer: Ta-Nehis Coates 5 🌟🎧
Heavy:Kiese Laymon 📖
The Less People Know About Us: Axton Betz-Hamilton 3 🌟📖
I Am I Am I Am : Maggie O‘Farrell 5 🌟🎧
The Fire Next TIme: James Baldwin 🎧
Happiness: Aminatta Forna 3.5 🌟📖
Galore: Michael Crummy 3.5 🌟🎧
Men We Reaped: Jesymyn Ward 3.5 🌟🎧
The Name Of The Wind: Patrick Rothfuss 2.5 🌟📖🎧
#bookreport #NFNov ##nonfictionnovember

Clwojick way to go! 1 pt. 3mo
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Suet624
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What I appreciated: while the physical brutality of slavery is noted, it‘s the emotional brutality that Coates focuses on. The devastation of having your spouse and children sold, the riches acquired through the work and sale of you and your loved ones. The book had a bit more magical realism to it than I expected but it works. I have also realized that I have an elementary knowledge of Harriet Tubman and want to research her in greater depth.

AmyG Good review. I look forward to reading this. 4mo
Suet624 @AmyG Thanks, Amy. I hope you like it. I liked the characters a lot but actually enjoyed the book more after I had finished and spent some time thinking about it in greater depth. (edited) 4mo
ValerieAndBooks I thought I had stacked this already...but your review made sure I am now. And, agree with you on Harriet Tubman. I should know more about her -- we all should, I'm sure. 4mo
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Suet624 @ValerieAndBooks if you know of a good book on her, I‘d appreciate any suggestion. Thanks! 4mo
kspenmoll Wonderful thoughtful review! ❤️ 3mo
Suet624 @kspenmoll thank you, Katherine. 3mo
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Cafelicien
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Wow

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Suet624
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I was looking for pictures of water for this post. Came across a photo of two of my grandkids, cousins, this summer. Well they‘re close to water! 😀 But very far removed from the reality of this book I‘m reading. Holy Toledo. When I‘m not reading I‘m thinking about the characters and just want to get back to it. Coates has me completely wrapped up in the story.

LeahBergen Awww! What a gorgeous photo! 😍😍 4mo
Suet624 @LeahBergen Sam, the 10 year old, made that girl laugh so much for a full week. I‘ve never been around an 18 month old who laughed so hard or a 10 year old who had no qualms about making her his sidekick. 4mo
kspenmoll Adorable!!! 4mo
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batsy This is so cute! Love the photo 💕 4mo
Tanisha_A Just so cute! 😍 4mo
Reggie Omg, sooo cute!!! 4mo
Jeg Beautiful pic. 4mo
britt_brooke Adorable! 4mo
sisilia How adorable! 😍 4mo
youneverarrived Gorgeous photo! 4mo
Mdargusch So cute!!! 💞 4mo
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Sad & difficult to hear, as any tale of slavery must be, this is also a tale of triumph. Elements of magic realism help lift it to higher level. I found the #audiobook slow to get into, but Joe Morton‘s narration carried me until I was completely immersed. The story is like a cross between Edward P Jones‘ The Known World and Colson Whitehead‘s Underground Railroad.

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Lindy
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Twelve napkins dyed indigo yesterday while listening to the tagged audiobook.

Sace 💙💙💙 4mo
LibrarianRyan It looks like your table is covered in Denim. 4mo
AmyG Lovely! 4mo
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Lindy @LibrarianRyan Indigo and denim go together like a reader and a book. 😊 4mo
Lindy @AmyG Thanks! 4mo
Cinfhen That‘s great!!!! 4mo
Lindy @Cinfhen 🤗 4mo
arubabookwoman Beautiful! 4mo
batsy These are so lovely. 4mo
LeahBergen I love them! 😍 4mo
Tanisha_A Beautiful! 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm Well done! Love them! 💙 4mo
AmyRebecca Wow! 4mo
Mdargusch Those turned out great! 💙 4mo
Come-read-with-me @lindy beautifully done! 4mo
Lindy @Come-read-with-me Thank you! 4mo
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Lindy
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Spent today #audiodyeing with a vat of indigo. More photos tomorrow.

Tanisha_A Indigooooo! 🔵 4mo
Lindy @Tanisha_A Yep! 4mo
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Cathythoughts Pretty 💙 4mo
saresmoore I love this! 4mo
Lindy @saresmoore Thanks! Making an indigo vat intimidated me, but I‘m glad I decided to try it because the results are satisfying. I started at 10 am yesterday and wasn‘t finished until 8:30, with only a couple of short breaks to eat. Listened to a big chunk of 4mo
saresmoore My goodness, that‘s some dedication! I‘m still tempted to try it for myself. 4mo
Lindy @saresmoore I‘m going to heat up the vat again today to do a little more. I already have two handkerchiefs, 12 napkins and a two-metre length of muslin... but the blue is so pretty I want more. 4mo
ReadingEnvy Oh I love real indigo! 2mo
Lindy @ReadingEnvy I gave some of my dyed handiwork away as Christmas gifts. 😊 2mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy lovely...I've purchased a few tea towels around here dyed in indigo because of course that was one of the traditional plantation crops in SC 2mo
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Rachel_nyc
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Great options for Book of the Month this month! The Coates was a no brainer for me and I couldn‘t resist adding just one more. What did all you other #botm clubbers choose?!

thebluestocking I picked these two as well!! 💙 5mo
BarbaraBB @thebluestocking If the both of you chose them I‘ll probably like them too. #stacked 4mo
thebluestocking @BarbaraBB I really hope all three of us like them! 💙 4mo
Rachel_nyc @thebluestocking @BarbaraBB Me too! I am hoping to get to The Water Dancer later this month or early next. 4mo
BarbaraBB Hi Rachel, you‘ve been quiet lately. All well? 😘 4mo
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Becker
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Excellent! Award material for sure. 🎖Don‘t let the wordy first chapter intimidate you. It settles down into a very readable book.

thebluestocking Thanks for the review. This will definitely be one of my October #botm picks!! I can‘t wait. 5mo
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Tonton
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Lindy I hadn‘t planned on reading Patchett‘s new novel (real estate & inheritance, ho-hum) but that cover is so beautiful … 5mo
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PatriciaU
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A challenging book but well worth the effort. One of the best this year. Review at https://itsallaboutthebook.org/2019/09/19/water-dancer-by-ta-nehisi-coates/

Becker Glad to hear your thoughts. I‘m reading it now. The opening chapter is challenging but it seems to be settling down now so I‘m hopeful that I will be able to enjoy it. 5mo
PatriciaU I finished this a couple weeks ago, but this week I was in a 2-day conference on race where I listened to Dr. Ken Hardy talk about the 3 things people of color have to do - stop taking care of white people, find their voice, and manage rage. As I listened to Dr. Hardy, I realized Coates used all of this in Water Dancer. If you ever get a chance to hear Dr. Hardy, do it. 5mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Starting this, and a bit worried it is going to be over my head.

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I have been thinking about what to say about this book for the last hour while I‘ve been cleaning my house. It‘s not perfect, but the story is powerful and the characters will stick with me.

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