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American Dirt
American Dirt | Jeanine Cummins
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SheLovessToRead
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Excited to begin this and see what the controversy is all about! Going in blind! 😳😬 #bookofthemonth #americandirt

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Sugarshawny
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Hot diggity! Is there any better way than this to start your day off with??

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Cortg
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Pickpick

Early hold = 1st library copy🤓 The book grabbed my attention at the beginning but the story dragged on a bit from there. Overall though, I did enjoyed it. I hope there continues to be a lot of discussion surrounding this book and I hope the publishing world continues to listen. I‘m looking forward to hearing the discussion with Jeanine Cummins & Reyna Grande (whose memoir is AMAZING!) next month.

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Panpan

(Unpopular opinion...maybe)—Controversy aside, it‘s a hard NO. I can‘t stand meaningless phrases 👆🤯 or sentences just thrown in at random. I spent most of the book rolling my eyes and googling common words just to make sure I wasn‘t losing my grip on the English language. It‘s this kind of stuff: he knew without knowing, and he was motionless but moved, and the overuse of the word ‘flap.‘ The writing was just bad. 😖

Megabooks Wow. That is a truly bad sentence! 4d
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Christy2318
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I grabbed this when I saw it available on Cloud Library because of all the controversy. I probably wouldn‘t have read it otherwise. I understand & empathize with the concerns against it. The writing isn‘t great literature. But the story moved me and I loved it. “No one can stay in a brutal, bloodstained place.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Rachel.Rencher
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I'm about a third of the way into this book, and I'm starting to see why it was so controversial. The representation isn't done well in my opinion. It feels like Cummins spent more time researching the area and Spanish words than trying to make her characters feel real. I think she had good intentions, but I'm not sure it was executed very well. I'm still going to try to finish it, though. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Kammbia1 I have been reading all the backlash about it the book and I think they have made some good points. I want to read the book but not buy it. Glad you are reading it. 5d
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Bethgarvinloflin1
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Pickpick

I loved this book. So amazingly written.

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ValerieAndBooks
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Pickpick

Writing style not really my type but has good pacing & kept me engaged. While I understand the need for more #ownvoices authors (as I‘m Deaf) I feel the real tragedy is that what happens in this novel does happen to migrants every where in search of better lives. Seems some critics say “not all my people are like that” (ie drugs) rather than saying “this shouldn‘t be happening, what can we do”. At least the author tried. Between pick & so-so.

CarolynM Great review. 7d
marleed Perfect backdrop for your pic! 7d
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GHABI4ROSES
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SquidgetsRoom Heavy load! You‘re in for a great weekend!! 1w
GHABI4ROSES WE are @SquidgetsRoom, and I calendared this as an Annual Event, lol❣️ 1w
SquidgetsRoom Works for me! 😉🤣💖 1w
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GHABI4ROSES @SquidgetsRoom The MandyThon 1w
Linsy Good luck!! 7d
GHABI4ROSES @Linsy thank you! 7d
GHABI4ROSES Plan Update: I can finish American Dirt for the #SquidGetsRoomReadathon while maintaining the #potteraday. I also want to at least start Atwood‘s The Year of the Flood, and finish two of the subjects in that stack. 7d
GHABI4ROSES @Linsy these books make it easy, as does @squidgetsroom ! (edited) 5d
SquidgetsRoom @GHABI4ROSES I predict many, many GR sprints in your future. I‘m up for the challenge though!! I finished a book & a short novella last night & now have to decide what to start/continue next lol🧐😬😉👏🏻📚🎶 5d
GHABI4ROSES @SquidgetsRoom I have resurfaced! Time to knock out this book. Three days of no studies, but tomorrow is a new day🌈📚🥃 4d
SquidgetsRoom That‘s the spirit! There‘s always tomorrow! 😉📚🥃🎶😻 4d
GHABI4ROSES YES. Exam is in a week, but I have learned about balance and self care FROM GR & Litsy & YOU, so I am having my whiskey, adjusting my Calendar, and having a read. My kids visited, and you KNOW how we are with the food over here🥰🍞🍓 4d
Andrew65 Okay what‘s a Mandython? 4d
GHABI4ROSES Glad you asked, @Andrew65 ! Amanda @SquidgetsRoom created a ReadAThon for our Valentine‘s/ long weekend, so I made up the name. Speaking of... is the next #24b4monday this coming weekend? That is seriously my favorite thing in life right now, outside of Family! 4d
Andrew65 @GHABI4ROSES Thanks for this information, think I missed that one. Totally agree about readathons and yes #24B4Monday runs this Friday - Sunday 4d
GHABI4ROSES Yay! I will have a StudyThon for this coming one, and I promised myself a true ReadAThon for the very following weekend. 4d
GHABI4ROSES @SquidgetsRoom DID IT! Finished the planned reading for our first MandyThon! The LEISURE reading, that is😱 4d
SquidgetsRoom Yay!! I‘m glad you got to Finnish your planned leisure reading!! Does that mean you need (should 🧐🙄) do some studying now @GHABI4ROSES 🧐🤪 4d
GHABI4ROSES YESSSSS 4d
SquidgetsRoom Looking forward to this weekend & #24B4Monday @Andrew65. It‘ll be the last of my solo days lol. Hubby comes back home after that. 📚🎶😻💖 4d
GHABI4ROSES Great timing! 4d
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britt_brooke
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I posted my review of this yesterday, but the rest of my IRL book club (7 childhood friends who I adore) is way behind. So, as their leader, 🤓💁🏼‍♀️ I revamped the reading schedule. They aren‘t spastic mega readers like me and I don‘t want them to get stressed. I think limiting our reading to about 50 pages a week is how we‘ll proceed. My book is marked up and ready for discussions. #bookclubbook

Reviewsbylola It‘s hard to remember sometimes that not everyone is a spastic reader like us. 😂 1w
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola I know! 😆 I‘m like, why is it so hard to read one book a month?!! 1w
vivastory If you're not a spastic reader, are you really living your best life? 🤔 1w
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cherinium This makes me laugh. I loaned my copy of Where the Crawdads Sing to a coworker. After about a week, I asked her if she liked it. She told me she did, then told me what part she was on...she wasn't even a quarter of the way through it yet. In the end, it took her about 2 months to read it. I still can't wrap my brain around it. And I don't read nearly as many books as many Littens do. 🐌🐌🐌 1w
britt_brooke @cherinium 😆 I know, it blows my mind because reading is such a priority for me. 🤯 It‘s going to take my group two months to get through this one. I read it in 12 days which was pretty slow for me. I was trying to keep pace with our schedule, but got hooked and had to finish it! 1w
Eggs “Spastic mega readers” 🤣🤣 1w
saresmoore 50 pages a week?! Sorry, clearly spastic over here, but that‘s such a low dose, I‘d go through withdrawals! 1w
britt_brooke @saresmoore 😆 I know!! And that‘s why I‘m already finished. I can‘t draw a book out that long. Most of these ladies read a book per month (or less) last year. It‘s hard for me to calm down. I‘m probably driving them nuts! 1w
britt_brooke @Eggs 🤗😆 1w
LeahBergen Yikes! I feel you. 😆😆 1w
saresmoore It‘s amazing how different are the priorities of most people. I often hear, “Oh, lucky you to read so much as a SAHM!” Yes, I‘m obviously watching less TV and earning less money than you, but I don‘t read because I have more leisure time... 🙄 1w
britt_brooke @saresmoore EXACTLY. I‘m always curious just how much tv some of those folks watch. Husband and I watch almost none. Reading is a priority. People think they don‘t have time to read, but they just don‘t choose to carve out a few minutes here and there throughout the day. 1w
saresmoore Same! It‘s very good for mental health and our marriage, too. 1w
britt_brooke @saresmoore 100% agree. 💚 1w
britt_brooke @LeahBergen Book clubs make me crazy! I don‘t know why I let them talk me into it this year. Good thing I love them! 😂💚 1w
britt_brooke @she.epeolatry Thanks! 💚 4d
ferskner Wait. WHAT?!?!? 3d
britt_brooke @ferskner I know. 😩😩 3d
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OnlyYoo
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Panpan

I don‘t DNF books but boy did this one temp me. The entire novel was just so boring. The author also chose to write in this omnipotent third person sort of style where I was randomly dumped into people‘s heads. It was incredibly disorienting. The ending was just hot trash. I‘m not even sure what happened and why. The weird sexual relationship with Javier is still not explained to me.

OnlyYoo If you‘re looking for a really good book about immigration crossing look into The Land Of Open Graves. This book definitely gave me a ton to think about 1w
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Latrelwhite
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➡️ So far so good!🧐

Latrelwhite 🤔 I would like a map of the journey. It‘s like she was telling the story. I think it needs more work. Just saying... 5d
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Hestapleton
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I‘m bailing on this. While the story is important, the writing is unremarkable and not keeping me invested. Because it‘s an express read from my library, I don‘t have the drive to finish it before it‘s due.

OnlyYoo Totally agree 1w
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ It‘s not the great immigrant story it was touted to be, but more of a slow-burn thriller disingenuously and tastelessly marketed. I can‘t attest to the inaccuracies. I‘m not an expert on every fictional story I read. It‘s a novel, y‘all. The story is compelling, but the writing is uneven. I loved descriptions and character interactions, but loathed the clumsily scattered italicized Spanish words. Say “el norte” one more time, I dare you.

Cortg I‘m a little over half way through. So far it‘s an enjoyable read. 1w
britt_brooke @Cortg Overall, it‘s a good read. Glad you‘re enjoying it! 1w
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vivastory El Norte 😜 1w
Megabooks Lol! 1w
Cinfhen I listened rather than read so I guess hearing the Spanish vs seeing it made a difference in that it didn‘t bother me. But I completely agree with your review. Thanks for the tag xx 1w
britt_brooke @vivastory Now, you‘re in trouble! 🙉 1w
QuintusMarcus Agreed - uneven writing and the use of Spanish is odd, to say the least. 1w
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Seeing the italics was very distracting and weird, but, overall, I liked the book. I‘m glad my book club chose it. 1w
britt_brooke @QuintusMarcus It didn‘t quite have the effect I think she was looking for. Seemed forced rather than genuine. 1w
QuintusMarcus That‘s right on, I think you nailed it. That‘s the question surrounding the book, isn‘t it? But I still appreciated it. 1w
CoverToCoverGirl I don‘t dare say it but I‘m thinking it! Lol 1w
britt_brooke @QuintusMarcus Thanks! Yes, that seems to be the main issue. I still liked it, too. 1w
Leftcoastzen “El Norte “ aaawwweeeee ! See what I did there?😀 1w
britt_brooke @Leftcoastzen 🙉🙈😝😝 1w
Suet624 It‘s a novel y‘all. Love that. 1w
britt_brooke @Suet624 Thanks, friend! 💚 1w
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Jenken1998
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Mehso-so

Eh. It was pretty subpar in my opinion , even without the controversy. I think it was the characters.. they felt too 1 dimensional or something. I felt like i was being told and not shown throughout the book. Like my neighbor was telling me the story of a lady she once knew. I also read up on the concernsof this book before i read it and admit that could of influenced my opinion. Maybe 3 stars from me.

Djspens I felt the same! Now I want to read from actual Latinx authors. 1w
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QuintusMarcus
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I don‘t care what the carping critics have said about American Dirt — I thought the book was fantastic. The main character was well and sympathetically drawn, and the book was highly illuminating. Coming away from the book, I have a deeper understanding for those Latin Americans forced by circumstances to flee their homes, and deeper empathy with their struggles.

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CoverToCoverGirl
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It‘s a pick for me. This one will make you think and want to research further about the plight of immigrants and refugees. It‘s a plight for many people around the world not just at the Mexican / United States border. Anything that makes people more aware and creates more dialogue can‘t be wrong.

GHABI4ROSES Thank you for writing this; I live about an hour and half from the Border, and my eyes are opened more than ever before... planning to help! 4d
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KadeLexical
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He‘s never been close to a tragedy that barbaric, never experienced a shock so primitive that it shakes him to the very core of his beliefs. In short, Nicolás has never had a fundamental change of heart. So he‘s unaware of the way Newton‘s third law can resonate in a place like this: for every wickedness, there is an equal and opposite possibility of redemption.

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CoverToCoverGirl
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This has been a worthy and thought provoking read so far, with A LOT of interruptions to research many different things.

I‘m sure reality is far, far worse for immigrants and refugees everywhere, than even the events that are being depicted in this novel.... but if the controversy surrounding it makes people more aware and gets them talking, there‘s a greater hope that changes will occur more rapidly - WORLDWIDE.

#CurrentlyReading

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CoverToCoverGirl
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1. Concurrently reading;
A) American Dirt
B) The Beast: Riding The Rails And Dodging The
Migrant Trail by Oscar Martinez
2. Playing Pokémon Go.... disclaimer though sometimes I listen to an audiobook while doing so.
3. Rogue Lawyer (audiobook) and Marie Antoinette

#WeekendReads

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Eggbeater
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Long review: When I read fiction, I read it for a good story, and this was an excellent story. It was very harrowing and intense. I held my breath for most of the book. I rated it 5 stars because it kept me riveted throughout and I'll not soon forget it. It addressed the strength and perseverance of people crossing the border and the mortal peril they face. I was extremely attached to the characters and their outcomes. ⬇

Eggbeater This issue if how we treat undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers in the U.S. literally keeps me up at night and has led me to what little activism I am able. And the fact that it doesn't keep other people up at night, keeps me up at night too. I took this book at face value and didn't read the criticisms before I'd gone ahead and read it for myself. ⬇ 2w
Eggbeater My conclusion is that, if it draws attention to this topic and starts any kind of conversation, I can be hopeful we are making some progress. 2w
MidnightBookGirl This book has definitely caused a lot of discussion in the book community! While the author and publishers have made some missteps, the larger conversation going on and the attention to more own voices authors on this same subject is a good thing. 2w
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ambam1987
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Despite its entertainment value and being "fiction", American Dirt comes off as an extremely inaccurate representation of the real situation of a country. If anything I hope that American Dirt serves as a bridge and individuals will go on to read, research, and engage with this crucial issue through #ownvoices novels and firsthand accounts.

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TheBookStacker
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1. Talking to Strangers, American Dirt, and the Scent Keeper
2. Playing with my pets!
3. The Cactus League, You Never Forget Your First, She Said, Black Radical.
#weekendreads

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Reecaspieces
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I am loving this book! I know it has had some bad press....but it is intense!

Reviewsbylola I‘m so torn on this one so I haven‘t decided if I‘m going to read it or not. 2w
Reecaspieces @Reviewsbylola I understand..totally. No one is perfect and everyone says things they shouldn‘t (believe me..I KNOW) but I am just taking the story..as a story...not the crap behind it. It is a GOOD READ. 2w
Reviewsbylola I‘ve definitely considered that approach. And obviously, part of me just wants to see what all the fuss is about too. 2w
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Reecaspieces @Reviewsbylola well...as I alway say..give it a shot..if it is not for you..so be it. But let me tell you...I am at the part where she thinks about trying to jump on a train with her 8 year old...HOLY SH!? 2w
CoverToCoverGirl I‘m reading it now ... she has just been turned away at the airport. I‘m finding it intense in some places but slow in others places. I truly love how Sebastian‘s character is unfolding and being revealed but those parts make me sad too, among others. 2w
Reecaspieces @CoverToCoverGirl I just passed that part...it is so intense. And we, as Americans, live in a freaking bubble 2w
CoverToCoverGirl @Reecaspieces Canadian here.... and yes we do live very blessed lives. I wish that was so for everyone worldwide. 2w
Reecaspieces @CoverToCoverGirl me and you both dear!!! By the grace of God. Or whatever you believe. We are lucky. 2w
ShelleyBooksie I had to take a break from the book - it was majorly stressing me out! 2w
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Lola
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I put a library hold for this back in July. Once it came out, I listened to the conversations surrounding it and decided to go ahead & read it for myself. I really liked it. I am happy to be able to participate in the conversation. I‘m also glad that I‘ve already read authors like Yuri Herrera, Jennifer Clement, & Luis Alberto Urrera. For me, the really important conversation this book sparked is about the issues in the publishing industry.

Branwen Great review! I felt the same way about it! 2w
EKonrad Definitely agree! 2w
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Chelsea.Poole
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First of all, I understand why some are upset over this book and the controversy surrounding it. I can see why many have chosen not to read/purchase it as a result. However, in my mind any light being shown on such experiences as featured in this book is a positive thing. Also, Oprah's Book Club encourages so many to read selections. Bringing awareness to these issues is a wonderful thing. Also, I enjoyed the book. Let's read #ownvoices too

Cathythoughts Great review! I‘ve downloaded a sample on kindle now 😁 2w
Butterfinger Great review. 2w
Chelsea.Poole Finished the #audiobook pictured here with my delightful cauliflower crust pizza for lunch 😋 2w
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EKonrad Totally agree! My thoughts exactly! 2w
Hooked_on_books Nice review! 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Nicely said 👍 2w
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audiowalking & listening more about the controversy

aartichapati I am really torn about this. I understand people‘s frustrations with representation in publishing and how much buzz this one was getting compared to so many other stories, but I also don‘t like cancel culture. 2w
Bookishlie Maybe an unpopular opinion, but a good book is a good book regardless of who wrote it. Can‘t wait to get my copy to see what all the fuss is about. BOTM is taking their time.... 2w
JenniferEgnor Read “we are here to stay: voices of undocumented immigrants” by Susan Kuklin! 2w
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ValerieAndBooks
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I remember that the critics of this book said something about Lydia being shocked that Mexico has ice rinks? Is this what they‘re referring to 🧐? Because to me it just seems like a description of a mall that includes an ice rink (and not many malls have them, do they)?

So far I‘m finding the writing okay (not great). Have been forming my thoughts about content as I go along.

CoverToCoverGirl Agreed... I have never been to a mall that has an ice rink either .. 🤔 2w
Karkar Ice rinks in malls are rare. I can think of two that I know of that have one all the time, but that is like 1% of the malls I have been to. (edited) 2w
Lindy @CoverToCoverGirl @Karkar The shopping mall nearest to my house happens to have an ice rink in it. It also has a water park and an amusement park; West Edmonton Mall is bigger than the average mall. 2w
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Kayla.Adriena Yes one of the points of contention was that the MC was "shocked" Mexico had an ice rink. I'm not sure if this is the reference critics are referring to but if it is then it just makes me feel even more like people should have the chance to read the book and make their mind up for themselves. 2w
Hooked_on_books Isn‘t it interesting to see what‘s really there compared to what people who haven‘t looked have decided is there? That‘s what has disturbed me so much about this controversy—a lot of people yelling and screaming who haven‘t read the book. That‘s a problem. 2w
Cinfhen Agreed @Hooked_on_books I read the book and im glad I did!! As a piece of fiction, I found the story engaging, heart thumping and shed new light on the migrant experience that I hadn‘t thought about before. I thought it was done with integrity and even her author‘s note was taken out of content. I did follow up with a #NF border story that was excellent 2w
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen I‘m glad you judged it for yourself and were not shamed into hiding your opinion. I‘ve been saddened to see some of that shaming and silencing happening even here on Litsy. It‘s sad and unnecessary. I was very happy to see what looked to be a solid conversation between the publisher and one of the groups objecting. That‘s ultimately the kind of thing I hope will come out of all this. 2w
Cinfhen I think I was more upset by the Litsy community than the larger community @Hooked_on_books but ultimately this is an app for readers not social activists and everyone should be able to read, share and review without shame, stigma or judgment😔 2w
CoffeeK8 The mall near where I live has and ice rink. The author of this (I have heard but can‘t confirm) lives in the same county I do so I‘m guessing she based it off Paladaides Center Mall 2w
ValerieAndBooks @CoverToCoverGirl @Karkar @Lindy @CoffeeK8 further into the book and so far this is still the only ice rink reference. I don‘t think it holds up as an example of this author being “blind” to the Latinx experience, as one critic (who went viral) claims. 2w
ValerieAndBooks @Kayla.Adriena it‘s the only ice rink reference so far. The critic who uses this as an example of the author‘s insensitivity should have included a quote to back up her claim. I totally agree that people should read the book before deciding. 2w
ValerieAndBooks @Cinfhen it definitely reads as a thriller than as “literary fiction “. I have a friend who goes back and forth between the Texas/Mexico border a lot (she‘s a missionary) and the stories about poverty there and the threat from drug cartels are real. But she‘s white. Does that mean her stories can‘t be taken seriously? What would the reaction be if Jeanine Cummins had written a non fic account instead? Or if a Latinx author had written this 👇 2w
ValerieAndBooks @Cinfhen same exact novel. It seems to be a combo of the topic and author representation that hits a raw nerve with those who are angry. (edited) 2w
ValerieAndBooks And I definitely understand the #ownvoices issue, as I rarely come across Deaf authors. It‘ll be interesting to see how the publishing world handles this once (if) they take action. @Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen 2w
Cinfhen It‘s a slippery slope and I respect all the voices, Valerie. I just think for those that haven‘t read the book to assume what they‘ve heard is true and then marginalize readers is unfair and dangerous. That seems like a form of censorship. It is definitely in the realm of possibility that a LatinX author could have easily written this exact book. I can‘t swear to the authenticity but can a Latin author from Ecuador swear to the authenticity 👇🏽 2w
Cinfhen Of a Honduran‘s experience?!?? I do think #OwnVoices is a valuable insight and we should read & support more diverse authors. I also think we need to equalize the pay scale of all authors!!!! (edited) 2w
ValerieAndBooks @Cinfhen yes exactly, or for readers to feel they must backtrack and change their ratings on this book. 2w
ValerieAndBooks @Cinfhen yes one good thing about all this is the dialogue about #ownvoices authors. I think it‘ll be a while before we see any real progress though. But perhaps, as a start, currently published #ownvoices authors will find themselves being promoted more. 2w
CoverToCoverGirl @Hooked_on_books I agree about the shaming and silencing being disheartening.. I don‘t ever advocate the banning or censorship of any book. We are intelligent enough to form our own opinions and come to our own conclusions without others unduly trying to influence us as readers... but this controversy does create dialogue. 2w
CoverToCoverGirl @Cinfhen I‘m reading it and agree everyone should be able read, share and review without shame, stigma or judgement. There should be no reading police here on Litsy. 2w
Cinfhen Thanks @CoverToCoverGirl 😄🙌🏻and honestly, of all social media sites Litsy really is the kindest place 💕💕💕💕 2w
CoverToCoverGirl @ValerieAndBooks it feels like book reviewers rushed to judgement and interpreted things out of context because of their own agenda(s) Telling writers what they can and cannot write about is tantamount to trying to harness someone else‘s imagination.. now that‘s just well... crossing a line that should NEVER be crossed. 2w
CoverToCoverGirl @Cinfhen Yes it is and it‘s the only social media I really use . 😊 (edited) 2w
Branwen THANK YOU! I thought I was the only one who felt that way when I read that scene about the ice rink! I was like, is this SERIOUSLY what people are freaking out about? 🤔 2w
ValerieAndBooks @CoverToCoverGirl you‘re stating all of this very well. There should not be any kind of censorship on what we read. People can say why they have issues with a book but should be prepared to cite exactly why rather than making sweeping statements 🤷🏻‍♀️. 2w
ValerieAndBooks @Cinfhen @CoverToCoverGirl I agree that Litsy is wonderful as it is 😊 2w
ValerieAndBooks @Branwen Yes — some critics have brought up varied valid points about this whole issue of this book/author, but this particular one being brought up only makes the arguments look less credible overall. 2w
Branwen @ValerieAndBooks I totally agree! 2w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Thank you @DGRachel for this book! I know it‘s very controversial and I‘m looking forward to reading it... I think 🤔 At any rate it is fiction so I will formulate my own opinion/review based on that..

DGRachel I'm glad it arrived safely. Thanks for taking it off my hands. 😊 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You're welcome! I will pass it along if anyone else wants to read it. I'm reading two now, so hopefully I will get to it soon! 2w
erzascarletbookgasm I don‘t mind getting it off your hands whenever you‘re done with it. That is, if you‘re okay with it. 😊 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @erzascarletbookgasm yes ma‘am 😍😍😍 I was just reading on Facebook how good it is and it‘s fiction so I can see both sides 🤷🏼‍♀️ (edited) 2w
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KimHM
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My review/ratings are based on the bad writing that was obvious to me as an English speaking reader of mostly literary (which AD is DEF not) fiction. Here is a detailed look that helped me see all the things that are culturally offensive as well. https://thebluenib.com/a-poor-imitation-american-dirt-and-misrepresentations-of-...

KimHM The orange tabs above are things I could not even believe. The green ones are for the few good images the author manages. 2w
Professional_Book_Dragon I‘m glad it wasn‘t just me who thought the writing was bad! The thing that bother me the most was the way she switch POV in the middle of a paragraph. 2w
KimHM I agree @Professional_Book_Dragon. Her POV problem is huge! She maybe? probably? was trying for omniscient third but she does it really badly. The narrative voice has a big diction problem, too. In one sentence it says Luca doesn‘t quite “zone[s] out” as that would show “active participation of abstention.” That‘s plain old bad writing. 2w
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kstadt929
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I‘m really excited about my February box because:

1) I got a free add-on since it is my birthday month 🎉 The Holdout sounds intriguing!
2) American Dirt has a lot of controversy surrounding it and I‘m excited to see what I think if it!

I sure love #botm !!

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GloVerdino
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I was thinking of reading a light hearted rom com in the month of February but then I won a copy of next month‘s book club selection at Barnes & Noble so I‘m gonna dive in to this one. Don‘t hate me if I like it

EKonrad I liked it 🤷🏽‍♀️ 2w
ljuliel Read want you want . If you like it, that‘s great. And if I hear one more person come in and say REMEMBER ITS FICTION , I‘m going to bust a blood vessel. (edited) 2w
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KimHM
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Panpan

This is a bad novel. I wrote a full review with examples over on Goodreads but there‘s not room here. IF you elect not to read it, you‘re not missing anything, but if you want a chance to form an opinion, I‘d recommend borrowing rather than buying. 😞 (And, yes, I did remove the unbelievably tasteless dust jacket.) Link to my Goodreads review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3173928386?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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That-Bookish-Hiker
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Latino authors only make up 3% of the publishing industry.

There are so many good books by Latino authors that could have been picked for the Oprah book club besides this one. I‘m not telling you not read it but maybe think about reading some other Latino authors. If you need some comment below.

I listened to this NPR discussion that is def worth a hear.

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/29/800964001/digging-into-american-dirt

JamieArc I really enjoyed this too. I may have a little crush on Urrea - his books are great, but he‘s also a great human being. 2w
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Owlizabeth
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I 💜 McSweeney‘s

AmyG Ha! 2w
LiteraryinLititz Touché ? 2w
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Judybskt
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Up next. Book club read for March.

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ambam1987
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currently reading.

I‘ve read a lot of the controversy surrounding the author and novel but still want to read it to formulate my own opinion.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Me too! Let me know your thoughts!! 2w
britt_brooke Same here! I‘m about 150 pages in and I like it so far. 2w
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Hestapleton
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Just a reminder about how much damage and just how dumb the new library ebook restrictions are. 🙄

ljuliel It‘s very irritating. 3w
TheBookStacker Woah! That‘s crazy! 3w
CoverToCoverGirl That‘s horrendous! You‘ll not likely see that book until 2024. 😳 2w
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Hestapleton @CoverToCoverGirl more like 2042! (379 x 3 weeks = 1,191 weeks/52 = 22 years) 😳 2w
CoverToCoverGirl Lol.. I was trying to make seem like less of a wait. Ebooks might be a thing of the past by then! Lol Remember patience is a virtue! 😳😢 2w
Panic70 The library embargo is just frustrating. The people it effects the most are people that rely on the library for ebooks due to a disability. All the other publishers have either raised prices or lowered the amount of loans per copy before a library has to repurchase. 2w
hes7 Holy moley! 😳 2w
Tamra 🙄😑 2w
Lauredhel Hear hear @Panic70 - The selective windowing of accessible formats is as dodgy as all get-out. Really needs some disability organisation advocacy. 2w
PatriciaU What app do you use for downloading ebooks from the library? 2w
Panic70 @PatriciaU I‘m sure others can give you their input as well, but I use overdrive and Libby for audiobooks. And I use the kindle app attached to my amazon account to read ebooks. The free amazon account works, you don‘t need prime. Some library ebooks you can download and read on the web without an app. Ebooks have the ability to display with large print. I also use a night mode when I have migraines. 2w
Hestapleton @PatriciaU I use Libby via my library. :) 2w
PatriciaU Thanks @Hestapleton - curious if you were using Libby because my staff who manage our Overdrive account was told they couldn‘t produce a message like the one you show. Time to go back to Overdrive & ask why! 2w
Hestapleton @PatriciaU my libraries just started it so it‘s pretty new. 2w
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JacqMac
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Pickpick

This book. As a work of fiction, I liked it. It‘s a story about love and family and survival, and it will keep you on the edge of your seat from page one. Bring tissues. I have many opinions about the controversy surrounding it. But I‘m just going to say this. It‘s dangerous to tell people that they can‘t read something. It‘s even more dangerous to tell people that they can‘t write something. But I think the resulting discussions are a good thing.

JacqMac NPR does a good job of giving voice to opposing sides. https://www.npr.org/2020/01/29/800964001/digging-into-american-dirt (edited) 3w
Branwen Great review! I wholeheartedly agree! 📚 3w
Cinfhen Wonderful review and commentary🙏🏻❤️As a piece of fiction, I found this very moving and a real page turner. 3w
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Hooked_on_books Nice review 🙂 3w
CoverToCoverGirl Excellent review! I agree on all points! 2w
Tamra My thoughts exactly on writing and reading. Thank you for putting it so succinctly. (edited) 2w
KateFulfordAuthor Great review words —! 2w
ljuliel Amen. People need to stop saying. REMEMBER IT‘S FICTION. I don‘t think anyone in here needs help to figure out whether a book is fiction or NF. I also don‘t think it‘s anyone else‘s business what you choose to read. 2w
britt_brooke Excellent review! Agree 100%. 1w
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GirlWellRead
American Dirt | Jeanine Cummins
Mehso-so
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Chelsea.Poole
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So many articles, so many opinions here. I understand the conversation and the controversy and I'm choosing to read this #audiobook. ✌️

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BooksFootballBeer
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My turn to see what all the “controversy” is. I expect to be thoroughly entertained this afternoon!

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AceOnRoam
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Ok, I'm going in, come what may. You have to read it yourself if you want to formulate an opinion!

#readingonroam

emilyhaldi I have a feeling this book scandal is going to boost sales! I agree that it's hard to form an opinion without first reading the book myself. 3w
britt_brooke I‘m really enjoying this book so far. I‘d normally avoid the hype for a while, but my IRL book club chose it for February. I‘m glad we did! 3w
AceOnRoam @emilyhaldi the negativity is helping sales I think. I feel sorry for the author but she's got a 7 figure deal so she can't be too upset 😉 3w
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AceOnRoam @britt_brooke I'm totally sucked in by the hype. I had soooooo many other books on my next-to-read stack! I'll be interested to see what your book club will think. 3w
Jefferson Asare @AceOnRoam
I am yet to read this myself before i make any comments although the title really gets to me. I hope that i enjoy it eventually.
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Lauredhel I can form an opinion on the publishing company's actions without reading the book.
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Rissreads I must be living under a rock! What scandal? I‘ll ask Google........ 24h
AceOnRoam @Rissreads hahaha, it's usually me under the rock! 18h
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Rachel.Rencher
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I couldn't resist these two choices! I'm intrigued by the controversy surrounding American Dirt, and considering that I'm moving to Austin to teach high school, the second one was an obvious choice. 🤓

Megabooks Field Guide is fantastic! 3w
SW-T Good luck with your move and with teaching high schoolers! Hope it all goes well for you 😊 3w
TheBookHippie Good luck moving! 2w
Rachel.Rencher @SW-T @TheBookHippie Thank you! 🤗 2w
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TLVZ721
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After several false starts, I‘m going to give #AmericanDirt another go. If for no other reason but to form my own opinion. But I do have some #LatinxAuthors on deck for clarity and balance. Always looking for recommendations, please. #KnowledgeIsPower

Leftcoastzen Check out my posts, I link to one article that offers some alternatives .I will probably read it as well. 3w
TLVZ721 @Leftcoastzen , thank you for directing me to your post! I‘m definitely adding to my TBR. ❤️📚❤️ 3w
Leftcoastzen You are welcome! 3w
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MelissaSue81
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Mehso-so

I wrote a really long review of this on goodreads and I don't think I can sum it up short enough for litsy.. so here is a link https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3034305592?fbclid=IwAR3jcQAIcUmtxRnnmNMuaW...

sprainedbrain Great review! 3w
Suet624 Love the review. Totally clarifies the plot for me. :) 3w
TheBookHippie 🙌🏻 2w
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britt_brooke
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Lit Friday evening. Heh. 📖🍷

#bookclubbook

Bookzombie Great pic! 3w
Suet624 Well howdy! 3w
britt_brooke @Bookzombie Thanks! 💚 3w
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britt_brooke @Suet624 😆🥰😙 3w
batsy 👋🏽😁 3w
Megabooks Gorgeous!! Enjoy your night! 👍🏻👍🏻🥂 3w
Reviewsbylola You look beautiful! Sounds like the best way to start the weekend. Hopefully your kids are asleep too. 😁 3w
britt_brooke @Megabooks Thanks, friend! 😙 3w
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola Thanks! ☺️ The kids were extra bonkers this evening, but went to bed on time and peacefully. 😆 3w
GerardtheBookworm Don't listen to the controversy. Read American Dirt and judge it for yourself. To me it was great page turning thriller fiction that touches upon the immigration issue. It segues into other real migrant stories to pick up. 3w
LeahBergen Cute specs! 😘 3w
britt_brooke @GerardtheBookworm That‘s exactly how I‘m feeling about it so far! The controversy has been blown way out of proportion. 3w
saresmoore Oh, hey, gorgeous! 3w
britt_brooke @saresmoore You are the sweetest! 🥰🥰 3w
Nute Hey, Girl! Super cute photo! I dig those glasses!💕 1w
britt_brooke @Nute Thanks so much! 💚💚 1w
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keepingupwiththepenguins
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American Dirt will be a go-to book club pick for years, because it‘s impossible not to have an opinion about this story. My hope is that, regardless of her misguided execution, Cummins does indeed serve as a bridge, and readers will go on to engage with this crucial issue – this time, through authentic first-person accounts. My full review on Primer here: https://primer.com.au/american-dirt-jeanine-cummins-review/

CarolynM Nice take on the situation. I hope you're right.🙂 (edited) 3w
marleed I just read a fictional book written by a female where the villain turned out to be a fictional gay male. After reading the reviews on this book, I thought of this unrelated story and wondered will authors be able to write works of fiction where maligned characters and storylines don‘t match there own personal experiences. I just don‘t know where the line is. 3w
keepingupwiththepenguins @CarolynM Thank you, me too! ❤ 3w
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keepingupwiththepenguins @marleed I can understand why that would come to mind, totally. I certainly don't think it's impossible for authors to write outside their own experiences, or that they “shouldn't“. I think American Dirt just showcases what happens when those imagined accounts (with inaccuracies) are valued too highly, to the exclusion of marginalised groups being given their own platforms to tell their own stories. 3w
marleed I understand. I lived less than a mile from a performing arts center and spent 4 years as a volunteer usher. When I moved my takeaway was not the performances I saw. It was the audiences. What I observed was how often the audience matched the culture on stage. People want to be entertained, educated, challenged, have their stories told - by people who look like them. Every culture deserves their moment on the stage. 3w
keepingupwiththepenguins @marleed Absolutely - everyone, of every identity, deserves both “windows“ and “mirrors“ ❤ 2w
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