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Make Your Home Among Strangers
Make Your Home Among Strangers | Jennine Capo Crucet
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A" New York Times Book Review" Editor's ChoiceLonglisted for the 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel PrizeNamed a best book of the season by" Cosmopolitan," "Vanity Fair," "Harper's Bazaar," "Redbook," "Bustle," "NBC Latino" and "Men's Journal" The arresting debut novel from award-winning writer Jennine Capo Crucet When Lizet-the daughter of Cuban immigrants and the first in her family to graduate from high school-secretly applies and is accepted to an ultra-elite college, her parents are furious at her decision to leave Miami. Just weeks before she's set to start school, her parents divorce and her father sells her childhood home, leaving Lizet, her mother, and Leidy-Lizet's older sister, a brand-new single mom-without a steady income and scrambling for a place to live.Amidst this turmoil, Lizet begins her first semester at Rawlings College, distracted by both the exciting and difficult moments of freshman year. But the privileged world of the campus feels utterly foreign, as does her new awareness of herself as a minority. Struggling both socially and academically, she returns to Miami for a surprise Thanksgiving visit, only to be overshadowed by the arrival of Ariel Hernandez, a young boy whose mother died fleeing with him from Cuba on a raft. The ensuing immigration battle puts Miami in a glaring spotlight, captivating the nation and entangling Lizet's entire family, especially her mother. Pulled between life at college and the needs of those she loves, Lizet is faced with difficult decisions that will change her life forever. Urgent and mordantly funny, "Make Your Home Among Strangers" tells the moving story of a young woman torn between generational, cultural, and political forces; it's the new story of what it means to be American today."
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BookieBiker
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Panpan

Ugh. Painful. Painful to say it was painful but it was about as bad as it could get. I‘m hoping the author‘s book of essays is better. The writing is trying really hard but just doesn‘t work (for me). I found some sentences taking 2-3 reads before figuring out what each was trying to say (editing issues?). Lackluster characters ugh just a bore fest. Sorry, hard hard pass. So here‘s a pic of a turtle crossing my yard a few days ago. Ugh.

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BookieBiker
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Ahhhhhhhh if you have to be up before dawn, this is how you do it 🔥🐈☕️📖

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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nomadreader
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Y'all: I have discovered Half-Price Books

cathipink It's a dangerous place. I'm mostly glad we don't have any in town 🙂🙂 2mo
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Matilda
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Pickpick

This book bathed my soul in violetas.

Sace I have this on hold at the library and I'm waiting and dyyyying I want to read it so bad. I just finished My Time Among the Whites. I love her writing. 2mo
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Matilda
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💙

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That-Bookish-Hiker
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Wow! So disappointing. Burning a Latina authors book because you don‘t think white privilege isn‘t real is not cool.

http://www.thegeorgeanne.com/news/article_27bf3288-eb78-11e9-b386-47de5677b8c7.h...

CareBear This is so heartbreaking. 💔 3mo
BeththeBookDragon 🤯 people amaze me 3mo
Branwen 😡WHAT?!?!?! 😱 3mo
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LibrarianRyan This is so odd. I wish I could see the entire talk. 3mo
Kimberlone So hilarious that these students don‘t realize the irony of protesting this book/author because they don‘t agree with her views on white privilege but then their actions completely validate what they are protesting. 3mo
MeganAnn 😱 WHAT?!? @LibrarianRyan I‘m curious about that as well. 3mo
That-Bookish-Hiker @Kimberlone that‘s what I was thinking to while I was reading the article. You should see the tweets they made while burning the books. 🤦🏽‍♀️ 3mo
That-Bookish-Hiker @LibrarianRyan I wish I could see the entire talk too. 3mo
Kimberlone @That-Bookish-Hiker I saw the ones that were in the article. So clueless 3mo
Tonton 🤬author moved to different hotel by university for her safety. Those idiots should be expelled. 3mo
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ReadingEnvy
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Pickpick

When you are one of the only Latina students at a prestigious liberal arts university, heading to college can be an incredible cultural shift. But it can be just as difficult to return home. Lizet tries to move between the worlds of her Cuban-American family in Florida and Rawlings University. It's 1999, Cuban refugees are in the news, her parents have recently split up, and she is pulled in multiple directions. ⤵️

ReadingEnvy The author gets the tension of what all college students go through - forming their own identities, cutting apron strings and being punished for being the person to leave - magnified by being a first-generation college student, far from home, and without a lot of the advantages of her classmates. I also love that she's working in the library as her work-study job because I think this is a home many of our students who are from farther away find. 9mo
CouronneDhiver I think I have this one on my shelves 🤔 👍 9mo
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TheNerdyProfessor
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Pickpick

For some reason, it took me weeks to get through this book. However, this is not a reflection on it's merit. As an academic, I related with Lizet's feelings of living two lives, of losing her family in pursuit of her dreams. This book is not fast-paced, it's more like a slow burn. Heart-breaking and heartfelt.

readinginthedark Slow burn, that's a good description. It always takes me weeks to read a book, because I read so many at once. 😆 1y
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TheNerdyProfessor
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Roadtrip companions.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📚🤓 2y
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Matilda
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Matilda
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#riotgrams feb 8: spine poetry

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Bevita
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Pickpick

This was spectacular! Touched me on so many levels...Miami, going away to college, now thinking about the author teaching at UNL. Just loved it and couldn‘t wait to share it with friends.

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Matilda
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#riotgrams day 12: book & library card

Audrey I ❤️this book and think it's been overlooked and under appreciated. 2y
janeycanuck Gorgeous cover! And your library card is so fun. 2y
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Matilda
Make Your Home Among Strangers | Jennine Capo Crucet
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When you get random texts suggesting IKEA furniture your book stacks may be out of control 😂

8leagueboot Our friends are just looking out for us haha 2y
Balibee146 I was trying to convince OH that this very shelf would be ideal for a bit of book storage in a wee dead corner of our lounge yesterday. No joy, lol 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I need a wall of those! Haha 2y
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tournevis I love those 2y
TheBookStacker I need to buy a new shelf since the movers broke mine, going to ikea this weekend. 2y
Audrey The book is also excellent. 2y
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Lacythebookworm
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A few recent acquisitions that #startwithmno 📚Any thoughts on these? #jubilantjuly

Megabooks Make Your Home was great in a weird way. I've read it twice. 3y
Lacythebookworm @Booksandcooks Oh yay! It sounded like a good one to me! 3y
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PacingTheCage
Make Your Home Among Strangers | Jennine Capo Crucet

Just put a line through whatever you did incorrectly and keep going. - Jennine Capó Crucet

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PacingTheCage
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My niece is headed off to college this fall and #uncasheville chose this book as their incoming student summer read. Figured I'd read it with her!

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Mixedreader
Make Your Home Among Strangers | Jennine Capo Crucet
Mehso-so

The premise of the story is great, and the character is compelling, but the development of the story was a bit slow for me. Still worth the read, though!

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Mixedreader
Make Your Home Among Strangers | Jennine Capo Crucet

"When everyone around you thinks they already know what your life is like, it's easier to play in to that idea...at the very least, it made trying to make friends simpler than it would've been had I tried to be a more accurate version of myself" (66). #realtalk #24in48

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AnOpenBook
Make Your Home Among Strangers | Jennine Capo Crucet
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My book club read this book, one I would never have chosen on my own, but I'm glad to have read it. It's a well-written story of a bright young woman torn between her family's insular immigrant community and the opportunity to break away and take her place in mainstream America. You root for her all the way to make the right choice.

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valeriegeary
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I'm going to plow through this stack of library books first. Then if I have time, I'll read one (or two) of the many I have waiting on my Kindle! #seasonsreadings2016 #wanttoreadindec #libraylove #tbr

@RealLifeReading

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Matilda
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And then I remembered BookOutlets black Friday sale and traded all my money for magical glorious books. 🎉📚🎉📚🎉📚🎉

RiotMom Yesssss! It was like book crack! 3y
Matilda @RiotMom I would have been scrolling through books all night if the dog didn't have to go out. 3y
Lizpixie I tried them, the books were only about $35 all up, but postage was $127😱 3y
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RiotMom @Lizpixie omg that seems excessive! 3y
LeahBergen @Lizpixie No way! Is that what they quote to ship to Australia? 3y
Matilda @Lizpixie oh wow that's not worth the book savings :( 3y
Lizpixie @RiotMom @LeahBergen @Matilda yep. I quietly cancelled my order and pulled up bookdepository instead. Amazon is similar with postage to AUS, but apparently there's an Amazon Australia opening soon! Yay! 3y
Lizpixie Oh, and that was $US as well, so in AUS$ it was all up about $200 3y
LeahBergen @Lizpixie I don't think that they would have any sort of different pricing but I go through the Canadian Book Outlet site. 3y
Zelma I'm still deciding whether to put my order in. I have the page open right now. 3y
MoniqueReads305 I almost forgot about that sale. Thanked for the reminder 3y
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Litsy
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It's Hispanic Heritage month! Have you read any of these books by amazing Hispanic authors? What other titles do you recommend? 📚❤️🎉

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alisonrose All of Luis Alberto Urrea's books! 3y
GlitteryOtters For middle grade & YA, anything by Matt de la Peña 3y
ReadingEnvy I've read and enjoyed the two in the middle! Writing some of these others down. 3y
RanaElizabeth Ana of California was great, a modern retelling of Anne of Green Gables. 3y
bookloversnevergotobedalone I loved The Story of My Teeth and We the Animals is on my TBR. Also I love anything by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 3y
Marchpane We the Animals is sad and beautiful. 3y
Notafraidofwords We The Animals is beautiful. Love Torres. 3y
Mimi28 Great book, one of the ones I had to return without finishing, but now I think I will put it on hold again 3y
Kammbia1 Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, Tent of Miracles, Home is the Sailor, & Gabriela, Clove & Cinnamon by Jorge Amado. The great Brazilian storyteller! 3y
Aleida The House of the Spirits by Allende and One Hundred Years of Solitude or Love in the Time of Cholera by Garcia-Marquez. Oh, and In the Time of the Butterflies. (That's technically from the Dominican Republic, but very moving.) 3y
UnabridgedTomes The House On Mango Street is one of the most deceptively simple, yet endlessly haunting, books I've ever read. Cisneros is a genius. 3y
Lupita.Reads I recommend So Far from God by Ana Castillo 😍 3y
hike.read.repeat Read Borderlands if you are Hispanic. It taught me/helped me understand so many things about my identity. 🙋🏽 3y
KellyK Loved Into the Beautiful North... it was The Big Read pick in my area last year. 3y
bookandcat I have read The Story of My Teeth. Strange book (I mean...it IS about teeth) but worthwhile, Luselli is a talented writer 3y
Babs_book_obsession Try Silvia Moreno-Garcia 3y
[DELETED] 4184155464 I enjoyed "Caramelo." Happy reading! 3y
AndieReads The House on Mango Street by Cisneros is one of my favorite books I have read so far this year. 3y
WordWaller The Story of my Teeth!! 3y
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