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Whatever You Say, Say Nothing
Whatever You Say, Say Nothing | Patrick Radden Keefe
'A must read' Gillian Flynn 'Breathtaking in its scope and ambition... Keefe has produced a searing examination of the nature of truth in war and the toll taken by violence and deceit... Will take its place alongside the best of the books about the Troubles' Sunday TimesOne night in December 1972, Jean McConville, a mother of ten, was abducted from her home in Belfast and never seen alive again. Her disappearance would haunt her orphaned children, the perpetrators of this terrible crime and a whole society in Northern Ireland for decades. In this powerful, scrupulously reported book, Patrick Radden Keefe offers not just a forensic account of a brutal crime but a vivid portrait of the world in which it happened. The tragedy of an entire country is captured in the spellbinding narrative of a handful of characters, presented in lyrical and unforgettable detail. A poem by Seamus Heaney inspires the title: 'Whatever You Say, Say Nothing'. By defying the culture of silence, Keefe illuminates how a close-knit society fractured; how people chose sides in a conflict and turned to violence; and how, when the shooting stopped, some ex-combatants came to look back in horror at the atrocities they had committed, while others continue to advocate violence even today.Say Nothing deftly weaves the stories of Jean McConville and her family with those of Dolours Price, the first woman to join the IRA as a front-line soldier, who bombed the Old Bailey when barely out of her teens; Gerry Adams, who helped bring an end to the fighting, but denied his own IRA past; Brendan Hughes, a fearsome IRA commander who turned on Adams after the peace process and broke the IRA's code of silence; and other indelible figures. By capturing the intrigue, the drama and the profound human cost of the Troubles, the book presents a searing chronicle of the lengths that people are willing to go to in pursuit of a political ideal, and the ways in which societies mend - or don't - in the aftermath of a long and bloody conflict.
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Samplergal
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Update: Meghan :Biography Say Nothing : Released This Year #nfNovember

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Tiltedwhirled
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Don‘t go first

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Tiltedwhirled
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A gruesome form of natural selection

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Tiltedwhirled
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An engrossing nonfiction narrative that reads as smoothly as a novel. I found this fascinating and horrifying. The book focuses most heavily on a few leaders in the IRA during The Troubles— Dolours and Marian Price, Gerry Adams, Brendan Hughes and, as a counterpoint, the kidnap and murder of Jean McConville. Through this lens we see the movements and motivations of the militant IRA and the effect those actions had on ordinary Irish people.

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Samplergal
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This book is amazing. So well written, and reads as a novel. Even having grown up in the IRA “troubles” era, the sheer length of the conflict had much of the world engaged, I didn‘t entirely understand it. This book will explain it well and have you engaged throughout. No wonder it‘s winning accolades. #nfNovember

kspenmoll Did you read it or listen to audio? I want to read it but it screamed “too fat” for me... 3d
Samplergal Audiobook. And it took me two days. It‘s good. Worth it , imho 3d
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Samplergal
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Next up. #nfnovember These library holds all come at once!

MallenNC This book was one of my best of the year. It reads quickly! (edited) 4d
Samplergal I‘m over half way through. I‘m enjoying it. I read Milkman this year and wondered why I didn‘t understand the “troubles” better since I lived through all that. This is giving me background I didn‘t know about! 4d
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Emilymdxn
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Incredibly well researched, well written and accessible book about the Troubles in Northern Ireland, focusing on IRA members and the disappearance of Jean McConville. Such an important topic for people in England particularly to educate ourselves on right now, when we have to be so terrified of what our brexit mess could do to Ireland. I learned so much from this and recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more.

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tholmz
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This was an incredibly well-researched book. I absolutely loved it and knew nothing about Northern Ireland‘s struggles until reading this and now I have a new interest.

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Redheadrambles
Whatever You Say, Say Nothing | Patrick Radden Keefe
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

A work of narrative non fiction I wish I had read prior to reading Milkman and For the Good Times. It‘s just a stellar bit of work that manages to convey the complexities of “The Troubles” while not letting the weight of all that history bog it down. By allowing the reader a hook with the story of Jean McConville it is constantly reminding you of the cost of political violence and asking you does the ends justify the means.

Redheadrambles #Readharder2019 Journalism prompt (edited) 1mo
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TelevisionNeighbor
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Sometimes my local library really comes through.

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MallenNC
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The National Book Award long list for nonfiction came out today. This is my favorite award category! I absolutely loved Say Nothing, and I‘m reading Thick now. I hope to get to several of these before the awards are announced.

Leftcoastzen I had The End of the Myth checked out, someone requested it so I couldn‘t renew.Want to try again. 2mo
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the_next_chapter101
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Mehso-so

Not the best Nonfiction I have read this year but still recommend (4/5⭐) Listened via Scribd

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Jas16
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I started this book on audio but even with a great narrator I could not focus so I waited for the ebook from the library. When I started that I thought I would end up bailing until suddenly it changed from a book I struggled to read to a book I seriously could not put down. This is nonfiction that I would reread and is definitely going to be one of my favorite books of the year.

Suet624 I absolutely agree. An amazing read. I‘ve thought of it often. 2mo
Jas16 @Suet624 I keep trying to force everyone around me to read it. Glad you also enjoyed it! 2mo
BethM I concur. So amazing. 2mo
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Cinfhen
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Starting my new audio 🎧narration is 👌🏽♥️

Grrlbrarian Agreed! I‘m listening to this as well. Riveting! 3mo
Maria514626 This book! 😱🙌👍 Soooo good! 3mo
Cinfhen It‘s a history lesson and gripping story gorgeously told @Maria514626 @Grrlbrarian I‘m hooked 3mo
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Ruthiella
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While I recall the Chumbawamba song I had to look up the meaning of #tubthumping . Urban dictionary says it is what the Irish did as part of their revolt under English rule...so free association brings me to this nonfiction title about Northern Ireland that I want to read...maybe for Nonfiction November?🤔
#RedroseSeptember

arlenefinnigan Got this lined up on audio. Sounds like it's gonna be a tough, but important, read. 3mo
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan Yup! I will have to prepare mentally before tackling. 3mo
Cinfhen I was just thinking I‘d like to try this book on audio 3mo
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Ruthiella My library only has the hard copy but that‘s OK! I listen to so many podcasts, I often have trouble squeezing audio books in. 3mo
gradcat @Ruthiella I read this book very recently...it‘s really, really interesting, & a great primer for the “Troubles” In Ireland, if you‘re not up on the history. ♥️ 3mo
Ruthiella @gradcat Good to hear! I am hoping to learn a lot. It feels like it will be a good nonfiction complement to Milkman by Anna Burns. 3mo
gradcat I really think I have to read that one as well.... 3mo
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1972, Jean McConville, 38 yo mother of 10, was dragged from her Belfast home, her children clinging to her legs. Her abduction was one of the most notorious episodes of The Troubles. This book is a searing chronicle of the lengths that people will go to in order to pursue a political ideal, and the ways in which societies mend – or don‘t – in the aftermath of a long and bloody conflict. I found this book most interesting. Highly recommended!

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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This mornings audiobook.

#summersendreadathon

EadieB This book was great! Just finished it yesterday. I'm going to read it again because there's a lot of info that I want to go over again. Hope you enjoy it! 3mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @EadieB It‘s so much information. I restarted the first hour probably 6 times yesterday. I was having trouble following everything. I think I have a better handle now, but this is definitely one the would need a relisten. 3mo
EadieB @Ashley_Nicoletto It is so interesting! 3mo
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cdreincarnate
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This book is so good! It goes into detail about “the troubles” in Northern Ireland by focusing on a few notable participants in the 1970s and ‘80s, but it includes what happened to those who eventually died in later decades and those who were still alive at the time the book was written. I think the author did a great job of remaining impartial.

I loved listening to this audiobook, but be warned that the narrator has a strong Irish accent.

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UnabridgedPod
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Patrick Radden Keefe's Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland is a fascinating, horrifying account of The Troubles. While nominally focusing on the Disappearing of widowed mother-of-ten Jean McConville, the book broadens quickly into an investigation of the IRA's top operatives, ranging from the 1970s (and some history of what came before) to modern day. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod While I'd watched Michael Collins (about the 1920s IRA) and In the Name of the Father, my knowledge of this time period was minimal, so much of Keefe's book is a revelation. And I definitely wasn't aware of the more recent developments, particularly the publication of transcripts of interviews with members of the IRA that had been held--supposedly iron clad--by Boston College. ⬇️ 3mo
UnabridgedPod This is the best type of historical narrative nonfiction: it's compelling and focused on the people behind the events. Absolutely brilliant. 3mo
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silverwing
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The disappeared. Too much has been lost and sacrificed during the path to the peace.

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MallenNC
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1. I‘m a broken record about the tagged book but it was so good!
2. I loved baked crunchy Cheetos.
3. Sunset. I don‘t see sunrise if I can help it.
4. I‘d book a trip to the first place to come to mind.
5. First grade. I loved my teacher so much.
#FriYayIntro @howjessreads

Molly_the_mezzo Baked Cheetos are the best! 4mo
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Ashley31
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Made it to the Long Room at Trinity College in Ireland...a book lover‘s dream 🇮🇪

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AlizaApp
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Non-fiction about the IRA and the troubles in Belfast, and the effects of a whole community living with PTSD and repressed secrets for decades. Moving and surprising and astoundingly well reported. Predicting now that this will win all the awards.

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Sarahvtompkins
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This non-fiction book was a compelling. Filled with history and real-life drama with just a touch of Hollywood.

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EmMcKee

"For the majority of the human species, and for tens of thousands of years, the idea that humanity includes every human being on the face of the Earth does not exist at all. The designation stops at the border of each tribe, or linguistic group, sometimes even at the edge of a village."

Quoting Claude Levi-Strauss from the book Say Nothing

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Redwritinghood
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Excellent overview of the IRA and ‘the Troubles” including all the ongoing implications of the war. This was very well researched and elegantly written. I had a little trouble at the beginning fitting all of the disparate parts of the complicated narrative together, but things did come together in the third part of the book. 4⭐️

Katerina The Troubles have always fascinated me. I even wrote my diploma thesis about them. This book is going on my TBR.
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KeepCalmWithBooksAndCoffee I also did my final college paper on The Troubles after visiting N. Ireland and finding the conflict interesting and heart wrenching. I've been wanting to read this. Thanks for the reminder! 4mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Non fiction about Ireland, the troubles, and the ira. Super interesting. Very informative.

charl08 Such a good read! 4mo
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EmMcKee
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"If Dolours had a big fault, it was perhaps that she lived out too urgently the ideals to which so many others also purported to be dedicated. She was a liberator but never managed to liberate herself from those ideas. Sometimes, we are imprisoned within ideals."

Eamonn McCann, quoted in Say Nothing

Suet624 Yes. Great quote. I felt badly for Price. 4mo
EmMcKee In military hierarchy, those who give the orders are held the most responsible, and the entire thing hinges greatly on this point; Price and Hughes were left out to dry. No wonder she was bitter and twice-traumatized. 4mo
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I remember hearing about the IRA on the news when I was younger but never understood the conflict. This book explains the conflict and some horrifying details that I knew nothing about. A sober but really interesting read.🇮🇪

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MallenNC
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I can‘t believe the year is halfway over already. It‘s been a good reading year for me! Here are my #Top6Reads for Jan-June. I‘ve seen several of my TBR books on other people‘s best lists so I‘m hoping for a great second half of 2019.

Megabooks The Shergill Sisters was really good! 5mo
MallenNC @Cinfhen Say Nothing is my number one best book so far this year. It really hooked me! I highly recommend it. 5mo
MallenNC @Megabooks It was! I like this author. At first I wasn't sure I'd like it as much as Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, but I did once I was able to keep the three sisters' stories in my mind. 5mo
Cinfhen Ohhhh!!! Good to know!! It‘s high up on my TBR list 5mo
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MallenNC
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Catching up my #Nonfiction2019 list. My favorites so far were Say Nothing, Becoming, Bad Blood, and Furious Hours. Some are in comments after my character count ran out!

Inspirational: I am, I am, I am; History: Say Nothing; Movement: Parkland; Made You Laugh: I Miss You When I Blink; Another POV: There Will Be No Miracles Here; Medicine: What the Eyes Don‘t See; Another Country: Prisoner; Death: Furious Hours;

MallenNC Uplifting: Text Me When You Get Home; Politics: Becoming; Weren‘t Looking For: Save Me the Plums; By a Woman: The Library Book; Survival: Maid; Science: Bad Blood; Travel: Bleaker House 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great reads so far! I‘m glad you are enjoying them. 5mo
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LyndseyReads
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This is my Goodreads review of Say Nothing. I‘m glad I read it. It‘s always difficult to look at these kinds of events and acknowledge the brutality we are capable of, but I think it‘s essential to do so now more than ever.

Suet624 I really, really liked this book. I thought I knew so much about that period of time and I found that I really didn't. 5mo
LyndseyReads @Suet624 Yes, this definitely illustrated to me how thin my knowledge of this time is. Such a good book! 5mo
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Avanders
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Big day!! #bookmail #reallifestufftoo

🦈Received my #LMPBC #groupv Round 6 book — #creaturefeature
🧜🏼‍♀️Received my #reallifebookgroup book
👩🏽‍💻Accepted an offer for a new job ... I may now be in charge of other people... 😳🤓

hermyknee That‘s awesome!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!🎉🎈🎊 5mo
MallenNC Congratulations on your job! I loved Say Nothing. It‘s great. 5mo
cobwebmoth Congrats!😘 5mo
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vkois88 Yay!!! Congrats ❤❤❤ 5mo
Soubhiville Yay! Congratulations! 5mo
Avanders @hermyknee @mallennc @cobwebmoth @vkois88 @soubhiville thanks all!! ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ Also, I‘ve heard so many good things about the book @mallennc — can‘t wait to get to it! 👏🏽👏🏽 5mo
Kalalalatja Congratulations on the new job! 🙌🙌🙌 5mo
TrishB Congrats 🎉🎉 5mo
Megabooks Awesome! Congratulations!! 🍾🎉 5mo
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Avanders @Kalalalatja @trishb @megabooks @mabell @laughterhp Thank you!! ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ 5mo
MaleficentBookDragon Congrats on the new job!🎉🎉🎉 5mo
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Avanders @MaleficentBookDragon @BookNAround Thank you!! ♥️♥️♥️ 5mo
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LyndseyReads
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Next audiobook on Libby. Has anyone read this one?

annahenke That cover looks terrifying. 5mo
LyndseyReads @annahenke Right? So haunting. Very reflective of the tragic violence of those times. 5mo
Theaelizabet Loves this one. An amazing story, well-written. 5mo
LyndseyReads @Theaelizabet Great to hear! I‘m riveted so far. What a devastating part of history. 5mo
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charl08
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Brilliant non-fiction: gripping account of 'The Troubles' and the impact on victims and IRA members.

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charl08
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Gripping stuff: history of "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland via the parallel stories of a family where mum was snatched by the IRA and a woman who joined them.

Theaelizabet This is my number one nonfiction read this year and likely to remain so. 5mo
charl08 @Theaelizabet but there's still so much more year to go! 5mo
Theaelizabet I‘d be THRILLED to find something that beats it! 5mo
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Tove_Reads
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Excited to read this one! I‘ve only heard good things 🙂

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Suet624
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I grew up near Boston and watched from afar as the Troubles took place in Northern Ireland. I thought I knew what was going on. It‘s clear now I knew only a small part. Keefe does an exceptional job of reporting on the war that was waged on so many sides and the repercussions for those involved. He provides the long view that we can only now see and tells the story in a way you connect with almost immediately. A brilliant book. Now on to Milkman.

Theaelizabet This book and Milkman are my top nonfiction and fiction reads of the year, so far, and likely to remain so. I look forward to reading your thoughts on Milkman. 6mo
Suet624 That‘s so good to hear. I‘m enjoying Milkman so far. Love Burns‘ style of telling the story. 6mo
Tove_Reads I‘ll start reading it anyway now. 6mo
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crhealey
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Train Reads. An absolutely fascinating reporting of an era in history I knew nothing about. #mdw

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Keefe‘s extensive research is much appreciated and is of historical value. On top of that, he and the narrator Matthew Blaney make the audiobook interesting and suspenseful. Say Nothing has added to my interest in the Troubles, and I‘ve now included a few more books to my TBR on the subject. Highly recommend this book to history buffs! ☘️🎧

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I'm so bummed you guys, I think this is a case of "the right book at the wrong time". It's obviously very well written so I know that generally I would enjoy it. But I'm shifting into vacation mode and it's a little heavier on history than what I'm in the mood for. I can't focus and gloss over whole pages without retaining anything.

I'm mostly just dying a little inside thinking about bailing (for now) given how long I've been on the waitlist ?

CouronneDhiver These things happen... better luck next time. 👍🏽 6mo
DivineDiana Do what makes you happy! 6mo
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This is the best book I've ever read about The Troubles, and I could not put it down!

Readers who enjoyed this book might also enjoy "That's That" by Colin Broderick.

Suet624 I keep having to stop reading it every now and then. It‘s so good but some of it is so hard to bear. The force-feeding of the Price sisters, the abuse done to the McConville kids at the orphanage broke my heart. 6mo
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This sounds hysterical. I want to read it.

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keithmalek

Prosecutors announced that they intended to summon a voice analyst. Experts in "forensic phonetics" occasionally testify in court, and they compare not just the tone and frequency of voices, but the lexicon, the syntax, and the use of characteristic filler words like "um" and "ah."

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Suet624 Exactly right. 6mo
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keithmalek
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In this manner, Hughes used a ship named after a British queen to smuggle weapons to the IRA. When the guns arrived, fresh graffiti on the walls of West Belfast heralded a game change: GOD MADE THE CATHOLICS, BUT THE ARMALITE MADE THEM EQUAL.

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MallenNC Say Nothing is so good! 7mo
Crazeedi I just saved this whole list yesterday! Some great looking books! 7mo
Howseldomtheydo @MallenNC looking forward to it! 7mo
nelehelen That list! 😍 7mo
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