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We Gon' Be Alright
We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation | Jeff Chang
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ElectricKatyLand
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Essays about race, resegregation, culture and a way forward for Americans. Powerful. Better after discussing in book club.

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Kenny
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Sometime in the near future I‘ll be returning to the Nerd Farmer Podcast to discuss a book I love, We Gon‘ Be Alright, with 2016 WA Teacher of the Year Nate Bowling and friends. Before we record the podcast, tweet your thoughts/questions (use #NerdFarmReads) and we‘ll include them in our discussion.

Subscribe on iTunes or listen to past episodes, including our discussions of Citizen and The Hate U Give, here: http://www.natebowling.com/podcast

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lauralovesbooks1
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These essays challenged me to pause and reflect -they were very well written and well supported, and in some cases highlighted either perspectives or viewpoints I hadn't considered, or presented supporting arguments that were different than I had seen in other essays. Not a collection to rush through, I felt like I wanted time after each essay to linger with the concepts.

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anrobe
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And another for my social justice stack! I‘ve heard great things ...

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Notafraidofwords
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This was a short, but dense book about diversity, identity and desegregation. It's amazing what Chang can do with one sentence. This is a well detailed account about the ways in which universities use diversity without really supporting their diverse population. Oh, & he writes the best essay I have ever read about Lemonade. I fully recommend. It's not an easy read, but I think it's about commitment- committing and working hard for equality.

Booksnchill Just got this one based on #BookRiot Recommendation- excited you enjoyed it and that it is well written 2y
Notafraidofwords @Booksnchill same!! That's exactly why I got it. It's definitely worth the read. 2y
BooksAndChopsticks Great review! 2y
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Crystallinegirl
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My TBR keeps growing faster than I can knock it out! And this doesn't even show the books stacking up on my Kindle! (or that stack of library books in the background that I also need to read...)

readordierachel Nice selection! 3y
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WanderingBookaneer
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Alicia
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My post for @Liberty 's #READATHONESSAYS giveaway! When I saw her post I thought to myself that I rarely read essays. Then I realized that was totally untrue and I love essays! I just don't realize I'm reading them. This was a recent favorite. Intense, and real Jeff Chang goes into some difficult topics, but he makes it very accessible for lots of different people. Also, he was a joy to meet!!!

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mischa
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Another book that is an absolute must read for anyone interested in/concerned by the treatment of POC in the US.

The essays are fantastic, the best being the one about Michael Brown & Ferguson, and the other about what it means to identify as Asian American.

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Bookbeez
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Lunch time reading. So far, so much good in here. #importantreads #readharderchallenge #lunchtimereads

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rachellayown
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I enjoyed Chang's writing style and the essays in this collection are solid. I think this book's limitation is the slimness-- it felt a little incomplete. But overall it's a worthwhile read.

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parasolofdoom
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Yay, my library ebook hold was ready today! Thanks #Clevnet!

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RealLifeReading
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#readjanuary day 30: #2016booksyoumissedouton
So. Many. Good. Ones.
Or at least they sound and look like good ones. I wouldn't know - I've yet to read them!
Also I really should stop saying I want to read The Fire This Time already and #JustReadIt

Have you read any of these and would you recommend them?

amckiereads I read (and highly recommend!) both We Gon' Be Alright and The Fire This Time 😁 3y
Cinfhen your post makes me want to add more books 3y
Hooked_on_books The Fire This Time is amazing. It's a quick read and will not leave you. Very powerful. 3y
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Leniverse 2016 books I missed out on... Uh, almost all of them? But it's not missing out. They are queued. I'm still reading the 19th century. I'll catch up to the 21st eventually. 😂 3y
irre The Fire This Time is great! 3y
LauraJ I Contain Multitudes was one of my favorite 2016 books. It's good as an audiobook too. 3y
BellaBookNook The Fire This Time #readit 3y
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24in48
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The Hour 36 challenge is all about diversity! Today also marks the start of #diverseathon, a week-long readathon celebrating #ownvoices. These are my picks. Do you have suggestions? Leave them in a comment on this post for a chance to win: https://24in48.com/2017/01/22/hour-36-diverseathon-ownvoices/
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Thanks to your rainbows, @jmillwanders @rachelmhearn and I are each donating $78 to HRC. If you missed it, how about donating yourself?

Notafraidofwords A House of My Own by Cisneros is a good one to add to your list! 3y
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LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Yes!! 3y
Megabooks Also, bonus, this really helped me understand my Indian-American best friend better. (Plus her son's name is Nikhil!) 3y
swishandflick So many great choices! Some of my more recent favorites: The Sun is Also a Star, Behold the Dreamers and above all (edited) 3y
balletbookworm If you haven't read The Secret Loves of Geek Girls edited by Hope Nicholson, get on that. I think almost every lady-type and combination shows up as either a writer or an artist 😻 3y
Brie A classic: 3y
CotziasReads Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls by Jess Baker. Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward. 3y
Astridstars @UwannaPublishme it's next on my audiobook list! Loved the movie 3y
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Loretta
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In addition to today's inauguration horrors, I had something of a personal catastrophe yesterday. I haven't been in a reading mood, though I'm trying to remedy that tonight.

This is my @24in48 #24in48 stack for tomorrow. I'll be at the Boston March in the a.m. but will read most of the rest of the weekend. Emphasis on women and POC writers / civil rights and feminism.

My 12 y.o. mostly blind since kittenhood kitty purring away. #catsoflitsy

LindsayReads 💝💝💝💝 3y
BookishMarginalia Hug 💜 3y
Reviewsbylola Looks like you have a sweet reading companion. 3y
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8little_paws She is beautiful!! Sending love your way 3y
DebinHawaii Hang in there! Hugs. 💜 3y
Bookchipmunk Sweet face! {HUGS} 3y
Loretta @BookishMarginalia @DebinHawaii Thank you. I definitely need it. ❤️ 3y
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CiViiLy
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We Gon' Be Alright was one of my favourite books this year and my top recommendation for 2016. Check out my blog for a full post about my favourite books of 2016.

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Nebklvr
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Mehso-so

Important themes with different historical and contemporary perspective. More info on Hawaii, Beyonce, Quota systems, and Asian activism or lack thereof. I did drift a little bit once in awhile.

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SarahSaysRead
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Started listening to We Gon Be Alright this morning. Kicking myself for already doing my top 5 audiobooks of the year, because this might have ended up on it. (Who am I kidding, I'll probably finish it in January, I'm the slowest at audiobooks.)

Anyways, he's starting off by talking about Trump's rise to power and it's horrifying and depressing.

#audiobooks #socialjustice #racism #WeGonBeAlright

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Alicia
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This book. This book I think shares some of what has happened to America and how we need to be open to talking about race and the role it has played in all our institutions. Chang covers a lot in this small volume that I think it would help every American to read.

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A great book written with passion but without anger. Just read it.

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Fancypants
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So I didn't know that this happened (the ruining of the memorials) I don't know if I missed it in the news or if it wasn't reported or if I'm not following the right news but this has fueled my anger about it even more.

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Fancypants
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This paragraph in particular makes things make sense to me. "...peace and justice are inseparable from each other."

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SarahSaysRead
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🔊 I went a little crazy with the Audible sale, but MAN I'm excited. I'll be starting We Gon' Be Alright on my way to work Monday morning. 🔊

#audiobooks #nonfiction #toread #Audible #booksonsale #readersgonnaread #booklife

kristenlcoates Born a crime is SO good on audio 3y
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If the choice is framed as one of silence versus noise, in the long run most people prefer silence.

Megabooks Powerful! 3y
Notafraidofwords @Ebooksandcooks very. I wish I was listening to the audio book of this. But the library only got the ebook. 3y
Owlizabeth I love Jeff Chang!! 3y
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Notafraidofwords @Owlizabeth it's my first by this author. But he's very accessible so it won't be my last. 3y
Notafraidofwords @Owlizabeth on my list!!! Thanks! 3y
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"institutional neglect of racism and in justice us to exercise of power, the kind of power that refuses to notice and refuses to speak." Y'all this book is fire ?.

minkyb ‼️👏🏻👍🏻❤️ 3y
Notafraidofwords @minkyb this book is pretty good at breaking down how Trump got such a big lead. The state of America in terms of diversity. 3y
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SarahSaysRead
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Oh man you guys, this Audible sale... time to stock up! 😄💰📚

#audiobooks #Audible #booksonsale #takemymoney

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kristinshafel
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This did happen, but not as benignly as after "a meeting." Wolfe was in Kansas City MO attending my school's (UMKC) fundraiser gala for our Conservatory. I was at the gala, but I didn't personally witness the confrontation. Our chancellor and some Cons faculty were outside the venue with Wolfe, as well as police officers, when this confrontation took place. This outrage at Wolfe and the events/climate at Mizzou was certainly statewide and beyond.

TheNextBook Wow! I knew nothing about this. I love that someone actually asked him about straight up. 3y
kristinshafel @TheNextBook Me too. As I left the venue I saw cops all over the block and wondered what was going on... I knew before the event that Wolfe would be there (I was working the gala, we had meetings about it beforehand) and it went smoothly, no violence—just his idiotic, dismissive, insulting response. I saw the video after I got home and my coworkers and I discussed it the next day. 3y
TheNextBook That kind of response just really pisses me off. It's so easy to disregard the things people dont personally. experience. 3y
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WordWaller
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#NovemberStats! Happy to be reading mostly women (I realized now I didn't count Fiona Staples of the 3 Saga volumes in that count, so I did better than I thought!) "Books started" includes books I started in November that I haven't finished yet! Also, don't expect a #DecemberTBR because I know by now I'm never gonna read exactly what I've planned to. I go where my mood and mind lead me! ?

WordWaller I FORGOT ABOUT MY #OWLPOST BOOK! It's by a woman, though, and I don't think that's too much of a spoiler 🙈 So add one to those lists!! Hehe 3y
[DELETED] 1409720085 Good job on reading women and poc! 3y
BookBabe 🙌🏻 3y
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CiViiLy
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Stunning. Eye opening. Powerful. Provoking. Poignant. They're all words that describe this book & the emotions it stirred within me while reading. I read it in chapters, letting each chapter sink in. We've reached a precipice one in which we now need to make a decision to take a stand & fight for equality, for justice, for peace for everyone, especially those who are most at risk & discriminated against. Must read book for 2016!

BookishFeminist This was such a strong little book. Definite must read. 3y
RebeccaH Agreed! 3y
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CiViiLy
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If this book isn't in your TBR list it should be. The subject of this book is so relevant to our world today & what is happening not only in the US but in many western countries in the world today. Silence and apathy don't solve anything. Speak up, speak up for yourself, speak up for those who you love & those who have been historically oppressed, & speak out against those who wish to & continue to inflict harm.

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KStew1622
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Some powerful stuff!

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CiViiLy
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This book only arrived in the mail yesterday but I've been raring to read it since I first heard about it. I think it's even more poignant considering the state of the world that we are in today.

RebeccaH Yes!!! 3y
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RebeccaH
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Excellent. And more necessary now than ever.

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TheJessWall
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"People of color are allowed, even required to perform, and, especially these days on issues of race, to edify as well. 'Here you are, now entertain us'. But are we allowed to lead?"

Part of me thinks I should wait another few weeks for this book, but it's so good. And painful. And good.
#audible #audiobook

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WordWaller
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This book is so good and so needed right now. I'm growing more aware of how posting that I'm reading stuff like this might look like "ally theater" (something I want to avoid), and I see how continuing to share the effects of racism and white supremacy can be hard for those who hurt from it to see. There are so many facets to all things in life, and knowing how both sides see the issue is important. I'm working on it.

courtney I think at this time "ally theater" may not be as discernible. There's just been a major upset in our country and I think there will definitely be an influx of people trying to read and gain a better understanding about how these things affect their friends/neighbors. One of the best things about reading books is gaining a perspective of and empathy for perspectives that aren't our own and that's awesome! 3y
Notafraidofwords ❤️️ 3y
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WordWaller @Courtney that's true, you're right, and thanks for that! I also think that's the best thing about reading books and it's why I'm a bookseller. Hopefully moving forward we will all continue to learn more about standing with one another, even those who don't read (or maybe this has driven them to pick up a book!) 3y
courtney I hope so, too! 🙌🏻📚 3y
LauraBeth If there's knowledge that I've learned about myself from this election - it's that I have been living in an echo chamber that I designed. I need to leave my bubble and gain insight and understanding for people who don't think like me 3y
moranadatter I think of it this way. We're in a community of people who read talking about what we're reading. There may be some people performing what they read, but that's a little harder to pull off. I hadn't heard of this book & I might not have had you not posted. If I (or another follower) pick up the book, you used your platform to elevate the voice of that author. You might get some likes, but the point was to use your platform to promote the book. 3y
WordWaller @LauraBeth yep, I feel that. I think college especially wasn't that great for me. The past year has been terrible but yet oh so eye opening, and that's so necessary. I think I'll look back on 2016 with gratefulness for that but a motivation to never have another year like this 3y
WordWaller @kmdartist That's so well said, and thank you for saying that. I get really self conscious about everything I do when I read blogs by POC especially, because I want to be doing the RIGHT thing to stand in solidarity but I'm also a huge reader, and this is basically my platform for spreading the word of books, like all of us. 3y
moranadatter Thanks. I struggle with this too. I think a big part of ally theater is performing to someone else's audience or intruding on someone else's space and making it all about you. If you were to put the content of this post in the comments section of someone else's post, for example. 3y
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JoyBlue
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Once again, reading while DH gets his skates sharpened. The book fits in my purse. :-)

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kristinshafel
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#Bookmail makes me happy. 📚📬 So do stupid movies with hunky blondes in them like The Legend of #Tarzan 📽

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RebeccaH
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Trying to get back into reading after...you know...and I guess this is the perfect book for it, in lots of ways.

WordWaller I'm reading this now too! I should return. Definitely a good pick right now 3y
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Christine
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The timeliest of library hold pick-ups today [heavy sigh]. But I am so grateful for Litsy, which has proven to be by far the safest, best, and most uplifting online space at a moment like this. Big thanks and love to you all!! 💜

Gayan 😔 3y
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Kenny
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It seems right to read this today.

SuperPunkNinja Thank you. 3y
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Erin01
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I read so many great books this month... some of my top favs were: Lab Girl, Hamilton, We Gon' Be Alright, Reasons to Stay Alive, Necessary Trouble, Where Am I Now, & Hag-Seed - some of these will definitely be appearing in my Top Favs of 2016 list 😀📚
#octoberwrapup #readingstats #favsof2016

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RebeccaH
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Starting this one.

WordWaller I'm reading this one and it's great so far!! 3y
RebeccaH I'm glad to hear it @WordWaller! 3y
theshrinkette So great! 3y
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MisterTrack
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So many beautifully articulated points leaving me inarticulate. How can I explain why you need to read this? BECAUSE YOU JUST DO, OKAY?! You will come away a better informed, more compassionate, educated citizen, who has hopefully spent some time thinking critically about the realities of modern racism in America.

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BookishFeminist
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Quick, timely, & necessary look at America's racial & social constructs. Chang posits that society has undergone resegregation by looking at a variety of topics, from BLM & police violence, the Civil Rights movement, Native Hawaiians, Asian American identity, the symbolism in Beyoncé's Lemonade, & the intersections between race, gender, & other identities. Emotional & biting, yet accessible, intelligent, & positive academic scholarship. ✊?✊?✊?

brendanmleonard This sounds really great. 3y
BookishFeminist @brendanmleonard It is- you'd enjoy it a lot. Really solid collection & the essay on Michael Brown made me cry (which doesn't happen a lot). 3y
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TheNextBook Well this needs to be added to my tbr. I will be very interested to see what he has to sag about the Native Hawaiian population which is something that is rarely discussed even though it needs to be. What's happened to Hawaiians in the last 100 years is pretty damn horrible. 3y
Notafraidofwords I'm going to buy this one with my next BN coupon! 3y
BookishFeminist @TheNextBook You'd definitely enjoy this- "Enjoy" is the wrong term here since it's a difficult read. Chang is part Native Hawaiian & discusses some of his complicated background in his essay on Asian Am. identity- there isn't much about colonialism/history of Hawaii, but there's some. It's an area I really want to learn more about bc it's horrible how natives have been treated. Forewarning: brace yourself for the Michael Brown essay. I cried. 3y
BookishFeminist @Notafraidofwords This is a good buy! There's a coupon this weekend! I'd mail it to you but I got it from the library- it's on my purchase list though since I wanted to highlight so much. 3y
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A collection of essays with a very broad scope. A perceptive look at post-Ferguson America, race and resegregration, all the while drawing lines with past movements and incidents to show us the path taken to where we are today. Insightful with a lot of references for further reading.

Nebklvr Wow....deep. 3y
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Reading on my phone this morning because Noodle told me I'm not allowed to sit up to read. Thank goodness for ebooks! 🐭💕

I'm floored by this collection of essays so far.

#thebookishferrets

WordWaller I'm reading this right now too! So so good 3y
bigdamnbookgeek I love your ferret pictures. They're so cute 😊 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled That is so sweet!! 3y
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Notafraidofwords I don't move when my niece is laying on me. I could totally relate. 3y
mrsh62010 Great shirt!! 3y
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OrangeMooseReads Love the tee! I have the water bottle 🙂. My cat does that too me. 3y
LeahBergen 💗💗💗 3y
Zelma Total sweetness. 💕 3y
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theshrinkette
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Afternoon reading. #bookmail

RebeccaH Nice! 3y
WOCreads Can't wait to hear your thoughts on this one! 3y
BookishFeminist Just started this last night too! 3y
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Erin01
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a great read, perhaps not an easy one, but it is a necessary one. also I especially loved the chapters that discussed the rise of Trump, segregation in cities, & Ferguson and everything that came out of that situation
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#nonfiction #blacklivesmatter #favsof2016

BookBabe What's in that mug? Looks delish! Love that tea tote, too! 😍👌🏻 3y
Erin01 @BookBabe It's a witch's brew tea latte with orange sprinkles on top & it was ☕ 3y
I-read-and-eat That latte sounds amazing! Did you make it yourself? And if so... what's in it? 3y
Erin01 @I-read-and-eat I made it with one of the new halloween loose-leaf teas from Davids Tea called 'witch's brew' - it's a roobios tea with cocoa beans - and just added some frothed milk on top. I'm a huge tea drinker & am totally addicted to Davids Tea because of all their fun & delicious varietys 😀☕ 3y
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