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God Help the Child
God Help the Child: A novel | Toni Morrison
Spare and unsparing, God Help the Childthe first novel by Toni Morrison to be set in our current momentweaves a tale about the way the sufferings of childhood can shape, and misshape, the life of the adult. At the center: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love. There is Booker, the man Bride loves, and loses to anger. Rain, the mysterious white child with whom she crosses paths. And finally, Brides mother herself, Sweetness, who takes a lifetime to come to understand that what you do to children matters. And they might never forget.A fierce and provocative novel that adds a new dimension to the matchless oeuvre of Toni Morrison.
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staci.reads
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#bookhaulchallenge This was my first #bookhaul post. It was from about a year and a half ago, a few months after I joined Litsy. I have read all of them except In the Garden of Beasts, so 7/8. It was a great haul because I absolutely love 6 of the 7 I read. This was a great idea @Lcsmcat ! I love seeing everyone's hauls!

Lcsmcat Good job! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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msmckinney
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In honor of the incredible, late Toni Morrison ✨ I‘ve read more than half of this book in less than a day! That says more about her as an author than me.

MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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Monique
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Morrison‘s empathy and wisdom are etched into ever drop of ink. This is a book about breaking cycles of abuse and finding the courage to love yourself, to love others. But it‘s also a commentary of the destruction childhood trauma can cause. One of the best books I‘ve ever read. I would absolutely recommend to everyone —except— for the fact that I must issue a TRIGGER WARNING: descriptions of childhood rape and abuse. proceed with caution.

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Monique
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Morrison is a master of her craft. Her writing is beautiful, powerful—I‘m in love with this woman‘s words.

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Monique
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I have never read a book that was so brutal and so beautiful. It makes my heart ache—but with what I‘m not sure. Sadness? Love? Maybe both. It‘s a woven tapestry of shit and sunshine. One of the most powerful books I‘ve ever read and I‘m only 2/3 through.

staci.reads Toni Morrison will do that every time 🙂 3mo
Monique @staci.reads if that‘s the case then I‘m going to need to read all her work because this book is sweeping me away—right into emotion I have no way of describing. I‘m in love with this woman‘s mind. 3mo
Bibliogeekery Shit and sunshine. Perfect description! 3mo
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jmofo
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This was my first Toni Morrison book. I enjoyed it, an escape read, not my usual but I was happy to just go along with what she wanted to tell.
I was not feeling humanity and someone suggested I read her but when I was at the library this was the only one that looked like I might not get annihilated reading it in my roughed over state.
I‘m definitely going to read more of her books.
The book felt sparse and a thing or two was left unresolved.

Andrew65 Fantastic time! Well done. 👍🙌😊👏 7mo
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ABitLit
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Can we really run from our past?

I love this.

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parttimedomestic
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Here‘s a look at my mostly finished greenhouse! There‘s still a lot of work to do inside, but I hope to have many hours of #audiogardening in here this spring!

I read two Toni Morrison novels last year, after years of being intimidated by her writing, and she has become one of my favorite authors. The audio is read by the author, and while it is hard to stomach the subject matter, it is beautifully written and performed.

jb72 What a wonderful greenhouse! 7mo
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kathedron
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My first Toni Morrison and I'm ambivalent.
There were lines and paragraphs I loved. It was an emotional gut-punch yet the characters don't really come alive. (Yes, I get that they're damaged by the abuse - told retrospectively - they met with as kids.) I don't know why Brooklyn and Sofia each have a brief stint as narrator only to be dropped. Structurally it feels disjointed and even unfinished and I cannot persuade myself that's deliberate. 😐

Notafraidofwords Yeah, this isn‘t my favorite of hers. I suggest Home. 14mo
kathedron @Notafraidofwords Thanks. I'd like to read more of her because I figure there must be a reason she's held in high regard and I can't believe it's on account of books such as this. 😩 14mo
ephemeralwaltz This is also her most recent novel so I suggest you try others by her as well. Sula is amazing!! I still haven't tackled Beloved but I'm on a Morrison binge this year! 14mo
Cathythoughts I agree with @ephemeralwaltz ... I havnt read this one. But I would give Beloved a try & see what you think. 14mo
KristinaRay This the only Morrison I‘ve read as well. I had very similar feelings about the book when I read it, but I liked it enough that I want to try Sula at some point. 14mo
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staci.reads
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There is no going wrong with a Toni Morrison creation. This one felt different than her others...a bit less lyrical, maybe more straight-forward; however, it's still a beautiful book. As always, she packs an emotional punch.

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ephemeralwaltz
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#TBR 😍

Weaponxgirl I concur 😍 1y
GatheringBooks been meaning to get my hands on this one. 1y
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Brie
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Fairly accessible for a Toni Morrison novel, it tackles how racism, colorism, child abuse, and fraught family relationships impact Bride, the beautiful dark skinned black woman at the center of this book. Difficult subject matter but slightly uplifting by the end.

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staci.reads
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Went to Half -Price Books to get books for classroom libraries but came out with my own stack, too. 🤗 So much for my resolution to read through the ones I already own before buying any more. 😕

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kid-cop
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“So this is what insanity is. Not loopy behavior, but a sudden change in the world you used to know.” Loving this audiobook so far! Definitely not my favorite by Toni Morrison, but a great book nonetheless.

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TheBookkeepersApprentice
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I‘m going to be starting this as soon as I finish the book I‘m currently reading 😊 #litsypartyofone

JazzFeathers Never heard of this one 🤔 2y
TheBookkeepersApprentice @JazzFeathers I found it at a book fair, I hadn‘t heard of it before either, but I love Toni Morrison 2y
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Kathrin
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Interesting story told out of multiple perspectives. All characters have witnessed or have been exposed to different levels of child abuse. While the narrative often feels all over the place, I do think that in the end Morrison brought it together nicely.

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Kristelh
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A book about racism, even racism within the black community. Mother daughter relationships. A pretty up lifting story all in all. #deweysreadathon #2017, #readathon.

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Kristelh
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First hour, I listened to 30% of God Help the Child audio and got a walk in. #readathon

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Pearrr
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Day One 📚

wistfulthinking I loved reading this novel! 2y
Pearrr @wistfulthinking It was a great read ! I wanted more from the ending but that‘s any book 😂 2y
wistfulthinking @Pearrr Same! I was hoping for a part two 😂 2y
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Kabukay
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National Book Lovers Day!!!

A bit of my Toni Morrison collection...

Aly_Camia Beautiful collection 2y
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EllieDottie
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I going through some big changes in 2017 and have already put a lot of my possessions in storage and will be moving in a few months so I don't have a bookshelf to put my books on right now so I am using my dining room table and floor... Because who needs to eat anyway right? 😂 #shelfie #riotgrams

Tamra Food for the mind. 🤗 2y
Zelma You can always eat on your lap. 2y
BookishTrish What table wouldn't rather be a shelf 2y
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tpixie @Tamra yes! 2y
UwannaPublishme 😂😂😂 2y
Suet624 Definitely. Who needs a table... 2y
EllieDottie @Tamra exactly!! 2y
MyNamesParadise Perfect book to tag to describe this situation!! My bedroom floor is covered with library books and books still in Barnes & Noble bags!! 🙈 2y
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lauralovesbooks1
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Not quite as strong as some of her earlier work, but still good with some sections of absolute brilliance. I thought that this was the most accessible of her works that I have read so far. (I'm making my way through of her works)

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volatilestatic
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I really enjoyed this; Morrison's novels are always so emotional and enlightening. Probably the last book for this #readathon.

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EllieDottie
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So I am traveling and have very little room to pack more books... And I'm suppose to be in a March book buying ban however I saw this in a book store and was forced to buy it.... I mean a signed Toni Morrison, of course I had to pick it up!

LiteraryinLititz Perfectly understandable. 😉 2y
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Ubookquitous
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#riotgrams #freebie - some of the giveaways... I've also some in e-book form. Bill, was acquired in Scotland when we were there getting married. Youngest daughter (16 at the time) LOVED the Highland Cows (aka: the Heilan' Coo). We came across the hand puppet and she named him after our tour guide. Bill has traveled all over the world with us. Bill & books are sitting on our 1890's steamer trunk.

ruthemmielang I love highland cows! They're so gentle and sweet 😊 3y
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BooksForYears
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@bookriot #riotgrams day 8 - black history month

If you're looking for recommendations for a #blackhistorymonth #tbr look no further than this stack. I've read and loved them all!

Tonton Yes! 3y
Kammbia1 Go Tell It On The Mountain is a must read! 3y
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freyaheart The Pittsburgh library has a 90 person deep hold on Underground Railroad. 3y
ptkpepe98 I'm reading Coates now...and seeing him speak next month. So excited! 3y
Hooked_on_books Great stack! 3y
minkyb It is indeed a great stack! 3y
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redheadreads
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On how relationships can go wrong.

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Treatyoshelf
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Oh Ms. Morrison. Stopping here to sleep but what a gut punch of a book.

#24in48 #Readathon #24in48Readathon @24in48

Varshitha 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻.. Good night! 3y
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shawnmooney
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I loved Beloved, but this one was truly awful, marred by weak characterization and a disjointed dog's breakfast of a plot, as if composed slapdash out of a bunch of the day's most controversial headlines. None of it hangs together. I was enjoying Morrison's audio narration, at least, but she seemed to have almost lost her voice by the end. In more ways than one, alas.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Ive heard similar reviews - too bad! 3y
shawnmooney @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Quite a few people on Litsy liked it. Different strokes for different folks. For me, it was one of the worst books I've ever read. 3y
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shawnmooney
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Cinfhen I think it's time I finally read this one! 3y
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shawnmooney
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shawnmooney
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Oh my, Ms Morrison....! 💖💖

LeahBergen 😯😯 3y
Cinfhen Good morning to you too @shawnmooney 3y
courtney 🔥🔥🔥🔥 3y
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shawnmooney
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How lovely to bail just now on an audiobook I was hating in favor of this one, read by Toni Morrison herself!!

ClairesReads Loved this book! 3y
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Foxyfictionista
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Mehso-so

🎺 🎺 🎺 This book gets three trumpets from me. To be honest, I wasn't really drawn to this book after reading the blurb but I picked it up because Toni Morrison. But let's be clear...the problem here is me, not her or her story. I'm not drawn to stories that feature the wealthy. They always fall flat for me. This story just didn't speak to me despite Morrison's beautiful writing.

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EnidBiteEm
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This novel seems deceptively simple (albeit about horrible abuses of children). Events are described in a matter-of-fact way and often after the event), and I was going to rate it a so-so ... and then BAM, the last couple of chapters really smacked me between the eyes. So much hope ... so much reality.

EnidBiteEm I was going to edit out the dummy in the background, but then realised its suitability as a prop given the the title 😳😂 3y
MariettaSG I just stumbled upon Paradise and Sula at one of the local oppies, $6 for the pair, what a gift for me! 3y
JazzFeathers 'Home' by Morrison is in my TBR list. Never read her before, but l went to one of her conferences a few years ago and she just blew me away. Incredible woman. Incredible author 3y
ABitLit I felt the same way. The first few chapters were very slow going and then bam, it was an incredibly emotional and captivating finish. 7mo
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BooksForYears
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#PhotoADayNov16 Day 24 - #ThankfulFor

I'm thankful for the authors who bravely shine a light where there is darkness!

Cinfhen Great photo and nicely stated 😍 3y
LindsayReads 💖💖💖💖 3y
SuperPunkNinja ❤💙💚💛💜 3y
ReadingEnvy Yessss 👍 3y
ReadingsByTheC Great post! 3y
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read_diverse_books
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This is the best I could do for #headlesscovers! #photoadaynov16
I couldn't find a single one that had the full head missing. 😂 Some of you had better luck. Maybe I have an aversion to headless torsos, so I don't buy those books. 😳
#diversebooks #books #reading #litsy #literaryfiction #Litsygram

read_diverse_books I see some people are getting real creative with this promt. Damn, why can't be creative. 😳 3y
LeahBergen Forehead-less! 😂😂 3y
Loretta I do notice that these types of covers are nearly always women. With the focus on it today, it's kind of been pissing me off. 😡 3y
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LindsayReads @Loretta Same here. Women and POC. It's getting really depressing. 3y
read_diverse_books @Loretta You're so right! And in some of them because there is no face, the focus shorts to the woman's body. 😟 3y
read_diverse_books @lindsayreads I can't unsee this now. 😡 3y
Loretta @lindsayreads and @read_diverse_books: Yep, and even if the body isn't sexualized, it's still objectified in the basic way that you sort of forget that it's a person. 3y
LindsayReads @Loretta @read_diverse_books Yeah. I wish the attention given to children's books on these matters of representation carried over to the adult publishing world with the same urgency. It totally applies across the board. 3y
RealLifeReading The two half faces sure look similar! 3y
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Elise.Ozarowski
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Toni Morrison is a gift to us all. This book would be a great starting point for anyone who is intimidated by her brilliance. It's set in the present-day, but still has a distinct feel unique to her books.

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paradise_found92
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Amazing, as always. I would classify it as a cautionary love story.

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Paula3
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Nice haul from the library book sale 📚 all this for $13 #shutupandtakemymoney

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MamaFoster22
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Insightful and poetic, true to Toni form.

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BookishFeminist
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Day 3 of #Booktober: Here are some of the text only covers I was able to find on my shelves. I'm always amazed at what cover designers can do with font, color, and alignment alone. Some of these are really creative covers! I love the Oreo cover that is text shaped & colored like the cookie, as well as the designs of the Deep Down Dark and Everything Is Illuminated covers. Sometimes text & bright colors are all you need. 🖋

#bookcovers

brendanmleonard That Year of Magical Thinking is so iconic. 3y
BookishFeminist @brendanmleonard It is- it's one of the more boring text only covers though. I still need to read it. 😬😬 3y
mhillis I had a Jonathon Safron Foer book too! 3y
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BookishFeminist @mhillis I saw! I love that cover of his! 3y
lisakoby Nice! 3y
Moray_Reads I love the Oreo cover 3y
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alisonrose
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There is a very powerful story here, but I just wish there was *more* to it - for me, it just didn't develop enough to give a complete story, it felt like the bones were all there, laid out in order, but not actually connected to form a whole. The writing is beautiful and poignant, of course, as Morrison always is. But with not much fleshing out and development, the story just felt thin when it could have been potent. 3/5 ⭐️

nyashajunior Yes, very thin. 3y
alisonrose @nyashajunior Right? I just kept thinking "I want more!" 3y
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alisonrose
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#nowreading I didn't realize how short this book was, will probably be a one-day read! (Which is a good thing, you know, since I have like seventeen gazillion books on my TBR)

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autumnprivett
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My shirt from Culture Flock came in!! I may wear it every day this week...don't tell anyone. 😆 #readallthewomen

BookishMarginalia Love it! 3y
LyndseyReads I have this shirt! Culture Flock prints in my hometown. Two super kick ass ladies are the proprietors. 3y
BookishFeminist 💸💸💸💸 3y
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brendanmleonard This shirt is 🔥🔥🔥🔥 3y
Eyelit 💜💜💜 3y
becausetrains @BookishFeminist I know what you're ordering next 😂🙋🏻 3y
autumnprivett @LyndseyReads That's so cool! They were very nice and super fast shippers. 😊 3y
autumnprivett @becausetrains @BookishFeminist 😂 They have totes and other great shirts but I tried to show some self-restraint. 3y
kdwinchester We. 👏🏽 Will. 👏🏼 Look. 👏🏿 Fiiiiiinnnnneeeee. 💃🏽💃🏽 3y
Hobbinol 💚💚💚envy green love 3y
LLindsey LOVE that shirt! Getting on the website now. Not sure how much restraint I will have... 3y
Zelma That is a an awesome shirt! I wouldn't blame you for wearing it all week. 👍 3y
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Simona
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This year so far, this is my favorite book. The story is divided into several short chapters and they are divided between the different narrators. The essence of the story are two adults, suffering from trauma in childhood. The book ends with a chapter that gives you the chills and at the same time - hope. Brilliantly.

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BooksForYears
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My #TBRTuesday pick is ToMo's most recent release. I own this physical copy, but also checked out the audiobook from my library. Having my favorite author read her books to me is pure bliss, even if the subject matter is heavy.

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