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If Beale Street Could Talk
If Beale Street Could Talk | James Baldwin
Like the blues -- sweet, sad and full of truth -- this masterly work of fiction rocks us with powerful emotions. In it are anger and pain, but above all, love -- affirmative love of a woman for her man, the sustaining love of a black family. Fonny, a talented young artist, finds himself unjustly arrested and locked in New York's infamous tombs. But his girlfriend, Tish, is determined to free him, and to have his baby, in this starkly realisitic tale... a powerful endictment of American concepts of justice and punishment in our time.
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Jas16
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I am supposed to reading what I own and not buying new books but when the independent bookstore close to where I am meeting a friend for lunch sends out a coupon how can I resist? At least I only left with one book that I have been meaning to read and a couple of fun extras.

Christine Best purchases!! 1d
marleed And it is a community responsibility to purchase from you local independent bookstore! 1d
readordierachel 😍😍 3h
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HeatherBookNerd
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Beautiful and heartbreaking. Real, raw, and incredibly moving. I cared so much about theses characters and longed for their escape from a terrible situation. The whole book felt like a tug of war between desperate hope and the crush of reality. Written almost 50 years ago but still so timely. Listened to this one and Bahni Turpin‘s narration is amazing.

#audiobooks

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TheSpineView
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#manicmonday @JoScho

📘 If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
📽 Something to Talk About
🎶 Lips of an Angel by Hinder

Lyrics...
Honey why you callin' me so late
It's kinda hard to talk right now...

JoScho ❤️☎️❤️ 6d
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crazyspine
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I know why it's taken me this long to read anything by Baldwin. Definitely unique writing style. Haunting I think that's the best way to describe it.

Book number 3 for #BookFitnessChallenge @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Great progress on your book goal! 🙌🏻 1w
BookwormAHN Nice job 👏🏻 1w
4thhouseontheleft I really need to read some of Baldwin's works, too. 1w
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BarbaraJean Oooh, I need to finally read some Baldwin one of these days, too. 1w
ELH Great book 1w
VanChocStrawberry Nice! I finished book 3 today, too! 👏 1w
readordierachel Haunting is a great word for it 7d
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crazyspine
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Hank and I were outside reading, but we had to come in because Hank found a giant cat turd he was rubbing in.

# bookfitnesschallenge week 1 stats: @wanderinglynn
Books:2/8
Goal was to work out every day except Fridays, and so far I have been doing that

BookwormAHN Way to go 👏🏻 1w
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Great first week! (edited) 1w
phatsallylee You had a great week. Hank...smh! 1w
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arubabookwoman
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The book is on its way to you Jee and should get there Friday. I liked this book a lot, although I was a bit disappointed in the ending, which seems to call for a sequel. Still, highly recommended. #LMPBC @Jee_HookedOnBookz @lele1432 @CSeydel

CSeydel Yes, I know what you mean. I had to rethink my understanding of the plot arc and the author‘s intention, when I reached the end. The central conflict/resolution was not what I expected. 2w
CSeydel Oh also @lele1432 I haven‘t received your next book yet. I‘m hoping you just haven‘t gotten around to sending it, and it‘s not lost in the mail somewhere! (edited) 2w
lele1432 @CSeydel so sorry I haven't gotten to send it yet. My grandfather fell ill rather suddenly and then passed away so things have been crazy with getting travel plans. ☹️ I will send it priority before I leave town by Friday!! 2w
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CSeydel @lele1432 no rush - I just wanted to know. I‘m so sorry about your grandfather! Please, take the time you need. Have a safe trip and best wishes to your family. 2w
lele1432 @CSeydel thanks so much! 2w
Jee_HookedOnBookz Thank you @arubabookwoman! How are you doing? Hope you're settling well in your new place and you're feeling better! @lele1432 have you gotten the book I sent you yet? So sorry to hear about your grandfather...My condolences to you and your family... Take care, dear❤️❤️ 2w
lele1432 @Jee_HookedOnBookz thank you Jee! And I did receive it! ❤️ (edited) 2w
Jee_HookedOnBookz @arubabookwoman I received your book today! Thank you! ❤️ 1w
lele1432 @CSeydel your book is in the mail! 6d
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nomierosie
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One member of my book club said 'the racism got in the way of the plot', a comment which made me somewhat uncomfortable. It was a well written, human book and has launched me into somewhat of an obsession with Baldwin. However, I found the ending unsatisfying and I wish it had been longer with more chance to explore the characters #IfBealeStreetCouldTalk #JamesBaldwin #racism #bookclub

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Leftcoastzen
If Beale Street Could Talk | James A Baldwin
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#BooktoMovie #MayMadness I own many James Baldwin books, not this one. Really wanted to see this in the theater, but viewing at home.Baldwin is one of my favorite authors.The image of the book a first edition, borrowed from the internet.

bookandcat THIS BOOK. IS. SO. GOOD. I devoured it in a few hours - stayed up late at bedtime starting it and finished it before work early the next day 😂 3w
andrew61 I loved the film so should now read the book. 3w
jveezer I missed the movie in the theatres too. Wanted to see it but wanna read the book more, of course. 3w
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Emilymdxn
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This novel totally broke my heart. James Baldwin creates characters like absolutely no one else, he‘s absolutely becoming one of my all time favourite writers. The relationship between the hopeful lovers (seriously some of the most beautiful writing about healthy, optimistic love I‘ve ever read) and the racist society which crushes all hope tortures you to read it but it‘s so important to read. I can‘t recommend enough

Graywacke I‘m getting to this late this year...and then I‘ll need to hunt down the movie. 4w
Liatrek Beautiful review ❤️❤️ I can‘t wait to read this one 😊 3w
readordierachel Broke my heart too. So good 💔 3w
Reggie Fonny and Tish❤️I loved her family and his father. 3w
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bookandcat
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Stellar book. Beautiful writing, it absolutely transported me. Started it last night before sleeping and stayed up for a long time reading most of it, finished the last bit of it this morning. Couldn't put it down. 5 stars.

Mdargusch I love when I find a book like that! 1mo
Leftcoastzen He‘s an amazing author . 1mo
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CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 1mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💖 1mo
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MrBook
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Picture 4/~15 shots of inside Amazon‘s #NYC bookstore.

Here‘s New Yorkers‘ top fiction-buys!

Have you read any of these?!

Stephaniereads1 I‘ve read five. 1mo
Soubhiville I‘ve read 7 😁 1mo
booksandsympathy Not a single one. Lol. Most of them are on my tbr though. 1mo
rwmg 1mo
rwmg Eleanor Oliphant and Less are on my virtual TBR shelf, otherwise no 1mo
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DiDiRico
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RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 1mo
Chelleo Welcome! 1mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌸 1mo
Slajaunie Welcome to Litsy!📖💙 1mo
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BlueMonday42
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James Baldwin, for me, has always been one of those writers who shows me what other sides of life might look like for people I don‘t know. This powerful story of love, race, injustice, and perseverance is my new favorite of his.

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Victoriahoperose
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This was such a great novel. The story was very sad and reminded me a lot of An American Marriage. Excellent writing with a lot of heart in it. I highly recommend this one. Now I have to see the movie!

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WomanistBibliophile
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It‘s a miracle to realize that somebody loves you.

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Tamra
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It reads like it was written today. But, for whatever reason I just didn‘t hang my hat on it, maybe it was the love story.

So-so

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Chelleo
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So many items on hold but nothing is available yet...I can't wait 😫😫

RebL They will come all at once on a weekend you have to work. 2mo
Chelleo @RebL I know!!! 😫😂 2mo
irre Does your library have Hoopla? I know A Princess in Theory is available there and you don‘t have to wait. 2mo
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Chelleo @irre for the win!!!! 🏆 I don‘t usually use Hoopla so I didn‘t think to check there! Thanks, downloaded and ready to go! 2mo
irre Awesome!! 2mo
Crazeedi I keep forgetting about hoopla!! 2mo
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AshleyKorinE
If Beale Street Could Talk | James A Baldwin
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Such a sad poetic book that just... speaks to the state of America in the 1970s to today really. Still relevant both for the wrongful imprisonments but some on how women are often treated. It‘s good, it‘s hard, and I love the way Baldwin puts his words together. Now I plan on watching the movie.

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MicheleinPhilly
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How have I called myself a reader for several decades and not read anything previously by this brilliant man?

This novel touched me on so many deeply personal layers that I‘m still thinking about it daily. Yes, this is a story of severe injustice and anger and frustration but it is also such a beautifully wrought story of family and love and community.

I‘m only dinging it a half star because I wanted more of it. 4.5🌟

Samplergal I just finished it today. So good. Like you, I‘ve missed this book all these years. Agree with all your points. 3mo
DivineDiana Haven‘t read the book yet, but the movie was excellent. ❤️ 3mo
MicheleinPhilly @DivineDiana I have to read the book first. Always. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
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MicheleinPhilly @Samplergal I‘m excited that I have so much to catch up on now! 3mo
DivineDiana That is usually how I feel as well, but regrettably no time to finish before the Academy Awards, so I made an exception. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3mo
TrishB Now moved up the pile! 2mo
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lele1432
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I've been wanting to scoop up Beale Street and now it's part of Audible's 2 for 1 credit sale, narrated by one of my favorites, Bahni Turpin! 💙💙💙 #audio #Audible #booktomovie #blitsy #readblackauthors #audiobook #audiobooks

Tamra What is the What was one of those mind altering books for me. 3mo
lele1432 @Tamra I wanted to get that one too because I love Dion Graham! But I fell asleep before picking a second title to go with it and when I woke up, the sale had ended.😔 Now I'm really curious about it! 3mo
Chelleo Bahni Turpin is one of my favorite narrators too! I'm waiting on my library hold to come in. 3mo
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Tamra @lele1432 shoot! If you ever get another chance, I highly recommend it. 3mo
lele1432 @Chelleo she's so good! I'm picky about my audiobooks lol. The narrator can really make or break it for me. I hope your loan comes in soon! 3mo
lele1432 @Tamra Okay I'm just going to go ahead and use a credit to get it! I still have plenty lol. Thanks for the recommendation! 3mo
Tamra @lele1432 I hope the narrator is good! I read the print version. 🤞🏾 3mo
lele1432 @Tamra Dion Graham is also one of my favorites! I've listened to several books he's narrated. I think it will be great! 🤗 3mo
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Liatrek
If Beale Street Could Talk | James A Baldwin
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Thank you! This just came today 😊

sweetpealsd You‘re welcome! I‘m glad it finally got there, lol. (edited) 3mo
lynneamch This is the next read for the bookclub that meets at the Alex Haley farm in Clinton, TN. Beautiful place and beautiful people. 3mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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I am embarrassed to admit that this is my first James Baldwin. 😬

#BookandBreakfast

Penny_LiteraryHoarders I got this one too - it will also be my first. 3mo
MicheleinPhilly @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I think I had always assumed that I had read SOMETHING by him. I‘m sort of stunned that I haven‘t. I also picked up Giovanni‘s Room. 3mo
JennyM Gorgeous photo - I‘d have to stay there all day 😉 3mo
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MicheleinPhilly @JennyM I was tempted! 3mo
Hooked_on_books I have a couple of his on my shelves but will admit now that I have not read him yet. 🤭 3mo
Christine I haven‘t read him yet either! Hoping to join the club in changing that soon. Looking forward to your review of this!( @Penny_LiteraryHoarders , @Hooked_on_books ) 3mo
Purrfectpages I‘ve never read this author! 3mo
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Mitch
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Post Oscars this happened.......👏🏼👍🏼👏🏼👍🏼👏🏼👍🏼​

https://www.nbcnews.com/card/james-baldwin-top-trending-search-google-trends-n97...

AmyG Good. He‘s a brilliant author. 3mo
megnews Awesome!! 3mo
readordierachel Love it! 3mo
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Eyelit
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After many conversations with USPS (and a teensy bit of drama) I finally got my #cupidgoespostal box 😄

Erin! I love it! Thank you so much for all the things. You definitely have my number and did an amazing job putting together this box. Much 💜 to you!

Reviewsbylola It looks like it was worth the wait. What a lovely box! 3mo
BookishMarginalia I‘m so glad! 3mo
wordzie 🙌😍 3mo
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monalyisha I want so many of these things! 😍 3mo
erinreads I‘m sorry it was such a hassle on your part, but I‘m glad it‘s finally resolved. Only took two weeks! 😂 And you‘re welcome! I‘m happy that you love everything! 💕💕💕 3mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Oh wowwww!! 😍😍And the tote!! ❤️❤️ 3mo
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Susanita
If Beale Street Could Talk | James A Baldwin
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Bonus #prettyinpink post. How did I miss her on Sunday? She is STUNNING!

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donnishadawson
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Let's talk about this one. Have you read it? Is it good to you?

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Weaponxgirl
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Kindle daily deal alert for 99p!

RachelO OK 👍 Thanks! 3mo
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TrishB
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#99ponkindle offer today in U.K. 👍🏻

RachelO Done! Thank you 😊 3mo
Tanisha_A She just won the O 2019 for best supporting actress. I want to watch the movie as well! 3mo
TrishB I think a lot of people buying the book because of that @Tanisha_A @RachelO 3mo
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Cinfhen Fingers crossed it will be the same offer on US Kindle 🤞🏼🤞🏼 3mo
Hunsakermountain Darn... not in the US. 3mo
TrishB @Cinfhen @Hunsakermountain 😔 very rare the same offers are on! 3mo
readordierachel It's so good! 3mo
Tamra Shoot, I wish it were true in the US too! 3mo
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Naj
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How was this my first ever Baldwin? Wtf have I been doing with my life?! The writing was absolute perfection – raw, unfiltered, lyrical. There was a rhythm to it, every sentence was perfectly crafted but nothing felt contrived. My only complaint is that the characters were a bit underdeveloped but I was so taken in by the writing that I just didn't care. I now want to read everything Baldwin has ever written. Go read this!

#blackhistorymonth

FreeReadAndWrite Ah I've never read any Baldwin either and I'm ashamed of myself. Really want to pick this one up 3mo
Naj @FreeReadAndWrite Yes! Pick up any of his books. I've already started another one by him😂. He's truly phenomenal. 3mo
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I saw the movie today. If you like the novel, I think you‘re going to like the movie as well. I was completely engrossed in the story and seeing the characters come to life. Even with such a slim novel, there were scenes that appeared in the novel that wasn‘t in the movie.

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AnneCecilie
If Beale Street Could Talk | James A Baldwin

That same passion which saved Fonny got him into trouble, and put him in jail. For, you see, he had found his centre, his own centre, inside him: and it showed. He wasn‘t anybody‘s nigger. And that‘s a crime, in this fucking free country. You‘re supposed to be somebody‘s nigger. And if you‘re nobody‘s nigger, you‘re a bad nigger: and that‘s what the cops decided when Fonny moved downtown.

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AnneCecilie

Neither love nor terror makes one blind: indifference makes one blind.

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AnneCecilie
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This is the story about Trish and Fonny. Trish is 19 and pregnant. Fonny is her boyfriend and the father to the baby and accused for a crime he didn‘t do. We see Trish and her family as they do what they can to get Fonny out of jail.

This novel was written in the 70s and I hope the situation for African-Americans have changed since then. From the news that crosses the Atlantic, I have a feeling is hasn‘t.

#Booked2019 - Book to movie

BarbaraTheBibliophage Good pick for this prompt! 3mo
Cinfhen Great review!! I‘m looking forward to reading Beale Street. Did you read this book...It‘s fantastic!!!! 👉🏼 (edited) 3mo
AnneCecilie @Cinfhen thanks. I‘be seen it all over Litsy, so it‘s on my radar but I haven‘t read it yet. 3mo
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jamicuns
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Quite the insight into relationship between men and women. There has been a lot of progression since he has written this but not enough. Still work to do.

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LibrarianChels
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I wish it had a more conclusive ending, but I suppose it mirrors the lack of finality to America‘s race problems 45 years later. What a sad situation. This will bring Thursday‘s book club talk down a notch.

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Beautiful sad novel of young and social injustice.

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jamicuns
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Love this quote. When you let go of the fear of being wrong, the whole world and its mysteries open up to you and it is amazing. ❤️

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ManyWordsLater
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Perfect. And the egg and cheese hadn‘t even arrived yet. 💯

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Naj
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Next up before I watch the movie. Ashamed to say I haven't read any James Baldwin before 😔. Anybody read this or seen the movie?

DivineDiana I saw the movie and it was both a beautiful and sad film. All the feels. 3mo
Naj @DivineDiana Glad to know you liked it. I'm more excited to see it now. Here's hoping I can finish the book tonight. 3mo
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Lauren.Archer
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Baldwin did a great job making this ambiguous to the actual time it was written. It is such a shame that this book reads the same exact way today as it did in the 70‘s. Such an important story about the social injustices of society.

DivineDiana I just saw the movie. It is beautiful and moving. ❤️ 3mo
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I saw this film before I read the book. Both are just so well done. James Baldwin has created time, place, atmosphere and caring with his language that has a rhythm that captures you and sucks you in. This is actually a beautiful love story of two barely adults trying their best to live their love in a cruel world. The families were quite different but the whole book was about love and the struggle to overcome hatred.

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jamicuns
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Finally reading James Baldwin. ❤️

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Lauren.Archer
If Beale Street Could Talk | James A Baldwin
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Next up!

Eggbeater I just read this, it was wonderful! 3mo
megnews Love it 3mo
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AnneCecilie
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Next up.

Jbakesmcgee3 It‘s sooooo good 3mo
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erinjohns
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Mehso-so

The characters were well-written...I just wish there was just a little more story...it feels like it just hit the climax and now??? Is there a sequel I'm unaware of???

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Eggbeater
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Reading this book was agony because it was first published in 1974, but systemic racism hasn't changed. It could have been written in 2019. Our prison system is still the same. James Baldwin is a beautiful writer, perceptive to human emotions, raw but poetic. I loved it.

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Obama read it—that‘s endorsement enough for me. 😊🙌

readordierachel It's really good! 4mo
peacegypsy @readordierachel Impressive book! I enjoyed it a lot, even more than i thought I would. Do you plan to see the movie? 3mo
readordierachel I did see the movie, and it was excellent! Fantastic performances and really beautifully made. Highly recommend. 3mo
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AlissaCMiles
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There is no way to adequately review this book in such a small space. My post is up on my site https://alissacmiles.com/2019/02/06/if-beale-street-could-talk/ I will be live tomorrow night on Instagram for a discussion of the book. Join me 😀 #jamesbaldwin #fiction #africanamerican #race

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺 3mo
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