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The Night Watchman
The Night Watchman | Louise Erdrich
Based on the extraordinary life of National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrichs grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C., this powerful novel explores themes of love and death with lightness and gravity and unfolds with the elegant prose, sly humor, and depth of feeling of a master craftsman. Thomas Wazhushk is the night watchman at the jewel bearing plant, the first factory located near the Turtle Mountain Reservation in rural North Dakota. He is also a Chippewa Council member who is trying to understand the consequences of a new emancipation bill on its way to the floor of the United States Congress. It is 1953 and he and the other council members know the bill isnt about freedom; Congress is fed up with Indians. The bill is a termination that threatens the rights of Native Americans to their land and their very identity. How can the government abandon treaties made in good faith with Native Americans for as long as the grasses shall grow, and the rivers run? Since graduating high school, Pixie Paranteau has insisted that everyone call her Patrice. Unlike most of the girls on the reservation, Patrice, the class valedictorian, has no desire to wear herself down with a husband and kids. She makes jewel bearings at the plant, a job that barely pays her enough to support her mother and brother. Patrices shameful alcoholic father returns home sporadically to terrorize his wife and children and bully her for money. But Patrice needs every penny to follow her beloved older sister, Vera, who moved to the big city of Minneapolis. Vera may have disappeared; she hasnt been in touch in months, and is rumored to have had a baby. Determined to find Vera and her child, Patrice makes a fateful trip to Minnesota that introduces her to unexpected forms of exploitation and violence, and endangers her life. Thomas and Patrice live in this impoverished reservation community along with young Chippewa boxer Wood Mountain and his mother Juggie Blue, her niece and Patrices best friend Valentine, and Stack Barnes, the white high school math teacher and boxing coach who is hopelessly in love with Patrice. In the Night Watchman, Louise Erdrich creates a fictional world populated with memorable characters who are forced to grapple with the worst and best impulses of human nature. Illuminating the loves and lives, the desires and ambitions of these characters with compassion, wit, and intelligence, The Night Watchman is a majestic work of fiction from this revered cultural treasure.
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AllDebooks
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A fantastic choice for my January #AuthorAMonth selection hosted by @Soubhiville

1st book completed for #20in4 @Andrew65

A great pick for #NaturaLitsyBingo2023 due to the extraordinary nature writing, detailing the Chippewa tribe lifestyle in 1953.

I will be seeking out more of Erdrich's books. I'm also intrigued to learn about the events depicted in this book.

Soubhiville Great post! I love the photos. 1d
AllDebooks @Soubhiville how beautiful is the mountain? 1d
Soubhiville Truly! 🏔️💚 1d
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 19h
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AllDebooks
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This amazing novel tracks the story of the remaining Chippewa tribe from Turtle Mountain, N. Dakota. It focuses on the battle against a US Congress bill to terminate the remaining native American tribes in 1953. I adored the descriptions of their reservation, traditions, culture and way of life. Wonderful cast of characters in a masterful storytelling of an abhorrent attempt to 'Americanise' people against their will.

Julsmarshall I loved this so much too! So deserving of the Pulitzer prize! 1d
AllDebooks @Julsmarshall ❤️ it really is ❤️ 1d
dabbe This was my January #AuthoraMonth read. I was truly sad to leave Turtle Mountain. ❣️ 1d
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Ruthiella I loved this one! Especially Patrice/Pixie. 1d
AllDebooks @dabbe me too, it's why I had a look at images online. It certainly left it's mark on me 1d
AllDebooks @Ruthiella Patrice was my favourite chatacter 1d
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AllDebooks
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#20in4

Goals
Finish the tagged for my #AAM choice @Soubhiville

Read 20 chapters of Middlemarch cos I'm seriously behind #Pemberlittens @BarkingMadRead

Start Peach blossom spring for #literarycrew #buddyread @Librarybelle

Thank you for hosting another #20in4 @Andrew65

Soubhiville You can do it! 3d
Andrew65 Great to have you with us, best of luck. 😁 3d
Librarybelle Yay!! 3d
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Melismatic
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Mehso-so

I mostly enjoyed this but the plot had no urgency considering how important the two crucial climactic elements were. Had it been a little better paced, I would have enjoyed more. #AuthorAMonth

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AllDebooks
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I am starting this today for my first #AuthorAMonth selection , Louise Erdrich. It fills the prompt new to me author for #ReadySetRead

I'm expecting great things from a Pulitzer prize winner 😊
@Soubhiville @Clwojick

CuriousG One of my favourite Erdrich novels - enjoy! 1w
Clwojick Ooh. Good luck! And I love this cover 😍 1w
Soubhiville I hope you‘ll love it. 1w
AllDebooks @CuriousG @Clwojick @Soubhiville Thanks, pretty sure I'll like it. I've been meaning to read her books for years 🙈 This was the push I needed 😊 1w
dabbe Oh, how I loved this and was truly sad to leave Turtle Mountain! ❣️ 1w
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dabbe
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I've been living on Turtle Mountain for a few weeks, and I am sad to have to leave. What an homage to Erdrich's grandfather and all he did for his community. I am honored to have spent time with them and to have learned their stories. I am also humbled and shamed by our treatment of all people who were here first. Thomas and Pixie (oops, Patrice), I'll miss you the most, but your story will stay in my ❣️. #AuthorAMonth 2023
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Soubhiville You make me want to read this. And I love this artwork! 2w
Ruthiella I loved Patrice/Pixie! 2w
CuriousG I absolutely adored the reading and learning experience that I had with The Night Watchman. I know I will come back to this for a reread at some point. 2w
dabbe @CuriousG Me, too! If only just to live with these profound characters again! ❣️ 2w
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Pageturner1
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I enjoyed this book. It was a learning experience and heartfelt. It‘s a shame Congress wants to threaten the Native Americans by taking their land and their identity. I didn‘t realize it was a Pulitzer Prize winner. Good for Louise Erdrich making light of this situation. ⬇️⬇️
#authoramonth #bookspinbingo

Pageturner1 I only wish she could have just done the whole book on her grandfather‘s life. I enjoyed the other characters but i think that could have been another book.
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TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2w
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squirrelbrain
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This is only my second Erdrich book and, whilst I didn‘t love it as much as the sentence, I still *really* liked it. I felt like I learned so much from what was also a fascinating story. I enjoyed all the different characters, who all brought something to the story, whether small or large.

I had no idea it was based on the author‘s family until I read the epilogue.

#aam #authoramonth
#52books #abookwithadedication

Cinfhen Well done 👍🏻 3w
KristiAhlers You need to read The Roundhouse. That was my second by this author. She‘s very lyrical and her characters are so very real on the pages. 3w
dabbe Almost finished with this one. I'll have to read THE SENTENCE next since Watchman was only my 1st book by her. 3w
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MrsMalaprop I‘m reading The Sentence now, my first of hers. 3w
AshleyHoss820 I‘m currently reading the tagged book! Though I‘m not very far into it, I agree with @KristiAhlers! ☺️ 3w
KarenUK I‘m just starting The Sentence! 3w
Librarybelle I should try to read more by her 3w
squirrelbrain I‘ll have a look into that one thank you @KristiAhlers @AshleyHoss820 2w
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Julsmarshall
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Amazing! I‘ve read a lot of Erdrich; this may be my favorite. The stories that she weaves together, the depth of her characters, and the love and care she takes with every word and sentence makes her one of her generation‘s best. While not everyone loves her narrative style, I felt it was effective for this #audiobook. I understand why this is a #PulitzerPrize winning novel. #BookspinBingo #Pantone2023 @TheAromaofBooks #AAM @Soubhiville @Clwojick

KristiAhlers I literally just posted my review for this book! It was very good 3w
RebelReader This is my favorite! I‘m currently reading this one and loving it too. 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
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KristiAhlers
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I‘ve been working on reading this one for a week. To be honest in the beginning it wasn‘t speaking to me. But, I kept with it and my patience paid off. This book is loosely based on her grandfather who was a night watchman. It is part of my #AwardWinningReads. This author has a very lyrical way of writing which to be honest is why I kept with it.

Julsmarshall I loved it too! 3w
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Megabooks
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Erdrich imbues this whole book and these characters with so much love and care I couldn‘t help but love them too. 5⭐️ #AuthorAMonth

Thomas, based on Erdrich‘s granddad, is a night watchman at a plant. He‘s a local leader and found out Congress is about to pass a bill that would negatively impact his Nation. Meanwhile, Vera has followed a man to the Twin Cities, and her family believes she‘s in danger. Sister Patrice heads there to find her.

Cinfhen Our bookclub loved this one 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen oh yeah! It would be a great book club choice! 3w
dabbe I'm almost finished with this one; grateful for your review! 😊 3w
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Megabooks @dabbe I hope you loved it too! 3w
BarbaraBB Wonderful review. 3w
squirrelbrain Fab review - I just finished this two minutes ago, and loved it too! 3w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thank you! 😘😘 3w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain yes! So glad you love it! 💜 3w
jlhammar This was a good one. Glad you enjoyed it! Love the photo. 3w
Megabooks @jlhammar thank you! 3w
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Julsmarshall
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My #currentlisten and #authoramonth book is pretty fantastic. Not a surprise since I love everything that Ms. Erdrich writes 🤩 @Soubhiville

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Pageturner1
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Flying to my destination. Started my #authoramonth book.
liking it so far.
feeling like a squished sardine
#nospaceformybigbutt 😂

KristiAhlers I just started this read as well. I just finished the Roundhouse the other day! I love her writing. 3w
CarrieStavish Safe travels! 3w
Soubhiville Have a good trip. 3w
Pageturner1 thank you 😊 3w
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gossamerchild
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I have actually never read anything by this author before, so I'm curious. Which book would people recommend I start with?

#Authoramonth #aam

@soubhiville

Kangaj1 I really liked The Night Watchman. I have tried others and DNFed. I am planning to read The Sentence and The Round House. 1mo
CBee I‘m planning to read The Sentence in January! It gets lots of Litsy love 😊 1mo
Soubhiville I haven‘t read much by her. I‘m starting with 1mo
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jlhammar I loved The Round House. The Night Watchman and LaRose were also great. If you like nonfiction, this one is also wonderful 1mo
gossamerchild @Kangaj1 thank you! 1mo
gossamerchild @CBee awesome. I'm not sure I've even heard of that one. 1mo
gossamerchild @jlhammar ooh nonfiction might be a good idea. Thank you! 1mo
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LadyCait84
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This was the month‘s book club pick and what a masterpiece…very evident why it won the Pulitzer.

Despite being 400+ pages, it reads quickly thanks to short chapters and the focus shifting between characters to maintain momentum. Erdrich used a lot of familial (and National) history to build this book, and the weight of that brings even more beauty to how deftly she handles the coexistence of humor and heartbreak.

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mlwayers
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For years now he‘d understood that time was all at once, back and forth, upside down. As animals subject to the laws of earth, we think time is experience. But time is more a substance, like air, only of course not air. It is in fact a holy element.

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rebbyj
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Enjoyable. A bit of a slog. But 100% worth it.

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Laughterhp
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Here are my November #bookspin and #doublespin books! Looking forward to both of these.

Megabooks Excited to see what you think of the nightwatchman 👍🏻 3mo
SamAnne Loved the Night Watchman! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Enjoy!!! 3mo
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Melkyl
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This is a beautifully written book. I grew to love the characters as I read about them. This is based on actual events, so that made it even more intriguing.

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NovelNancyM
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Beautiful writing about a not so beautiful part of American history where the US government wants to exterminate the Native Americans in the 1950s. The novel weaves together many characters into a colorful rich tapestry.

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staci.reads
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My #Bookspin for July. It's my first Erdrich, and I have to say I love her style. I will definitely read more from her. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6mo
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vlwelser
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So good. And the #audiobook is read by the author. This author is magic.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 7mo
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youneverarrived
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There‘s quite a few ‘main‘ characters in this so it took a little while to settle into but once I did I flew through it. It‘s set against the backdrop of the ‘emancipation‘ bill against Native Americans in the 1950s but the main focus was on the characters & their lives. She packs a lot in and I think some sections it could have done without (the Vera parts mainly) but overall I really enjoyed it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

squirrelbrain Great review! I *will* get to this soon! 🤔 8mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain so many books! Hope you like it too if you do get to it. I‘ve got The Sentence on hold at the library so looking forward to reading that soon. 8mo
vivastory The Sentence remains one of my favorites of the year, this one sounds great 8mo
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Megabooks Interesting! I think I‘m going to stack it. 8mo
Megabooks Thanks for the tag 💜 8mo
youneverarrived @vivastory I‘ve heard such good things, looking forward to reading it 8mo
youneverarrived @Megabooks no worries 😘 it wouldn‘t make my ‘best of‘ list or anything but it‘s an enjoyable read 8mo
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Jolynne
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This story is not only based on one of the U.S. government's many attempts at genocide but a moving and touching story of the lives of real human beings.

Excellent, this may be my new favorite Erdrich novel.

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youneverarrived
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How I‘m spending Alfie‘s nap time 😁

I started this last night so not too far into it but so far it‘s good!

squirrelbrain Ooh I‘m interested to know what you think. I have this one on kindle and really want to read it as I loved The Sentence so much. 9mo
Tamra I enjoyed this on audio! 9mo
Megabooks Same as Helen! Tag me if/when you review! 💜💜 9mo
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batsy Perfect! Snack and a book 💖 9mo
LeahBergen Perfect planning! 😊 9mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain @Megabooks I will let you both know 🤍 8mo
youneverarrived @Tamra it kept me reading past my bedtime last night which is always a good sign 😆 8mo
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Kangaj1
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Cleared my #bookspinbingo board for April - I was not sure I was going to be able to this month, especially as one book I read was 1800 pages (All the Young Dudes). Finished the last two tonight! @thearomaofbooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fabulous month!!!! 9mo
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marleed
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I‘m giving this a pick mostly for the effort I made in order to understand it. I was lost in the audio and think I‘d have benefitted from a physical copy. It took me listening a second time around to understand the story. I remain confused as to why some aspects of the story were included. Other parts were fascinating - Lamanites - are you kidding me - ugh :(

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peacegypsy
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On to more of the beloved Erdrich….

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Lvpthemvp
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This has been on hold so long at my local library I cannot remember who recommended it. was it you?

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Kazzie
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I loved this book! She has such a beautiful voice and is a very gifted storyteller. Her characters aren‘t perfect but are real and sympathetic

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staci.reads
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Three bookstores and seven books - I'm calling that pretty good self control 🤷‍♀️.

Soubhiville I really like the shirt! 12mo
Zoes_Human I loved The Night Watchman! 12mo
Liz_M You're in MN? I grew up in St. Paul. 😀 12mo
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staci.reads @Liz_M I live in Northern Iowa. We did a quick weekend trip to the Twin Cities for my bday. It's the first time we've been in downtown St. Paul. It's cool! 12mo
staci.reads @Zoes_Human looking forward to it! 12mo
Liz_M @staci.reads I'm glad you enjoyed it and managed to visit some of the best bookstores! 12mo
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HeatherBookNerd
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This was engaging and I grew very attached to a few of the characters, but it felt a bit cluttered at times with some extraneous side plots and shifts in style. The writing is beautiful though and I loved being immersed in the reservation life - the traditions and history. Erdrich has a particular way of looking at the world that allows me to see differently.

Tamra She really is so good at building characters! 12mo
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brushlo
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so good. great characters. unfortunately the backdrop of indian termination is true. loved thomas and pixie.

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DivineDiana
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TMBCI- Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians
Louise Erdrich based this powerful book on her grandfather, who fought against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota to Washington D.C. She brilliantly incorporates the struggles of the Native American world with the white world into this story, filled with family love. A combination of harsh realities and magic. Spare, beautiful writing. The author‘s voice on audio is perfect. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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DivineDiana
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Starting Book Club #2 reading selection.
Starting with Hoopla audio and just received notification that the actual book is ready for me at the Library! 🎧 📚👏🏻

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CuriousG
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My husband does such a good job at picking birthday presents. Can't wait to get started on this!

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Cinfhen
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This was a struggle!! Read and finished for bookclub or else I probably would have bailed. I thought the story was all over the place. While I appreciated learning about Native American culture, lore and way of life I didn‘t connect to all the imagery and magical realism. I thought many side stories were unnecessary and weighed the story down. I know #UnpopularOpinion

Cathythoughts Oh dear !! Well done , you finished for Bookclub 👍🏻❤️ 1y
TrishB I got it for 99p so it won‘t be a disaster. Be interested what your book club think. 1y
Cinfhen It seems from our group chat all the ladies liked the book @TrishB so once again…I‘m in the minority/ I think because I read so much im wayyyy more critical @Cathythoughts although this won the Pulitzer🤷🏼‍♀️ 1y
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TheAromaofBooks It's always funny to me because it seems like that since I read so many books, I should be a lot less picky than people who don't enjoy reading as much as I do... but I'm pretty consistently way judgier about books than friends who aren't “into“ reading and only read a few books a year 😂 1y
Cinfhen Exactly @TheAromaofBooks I‘m definitely “judgier” 😂😂😂 1y
TrishB I know what you mean! 1y
britt_brooke So-so for me, too. 1y
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Cinfhen
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Lcsmcat My book club read this a few months ago and had some good discussions. Enjoy! 1y
Cinfhen Oh, good to know @Lcsmcat I might need to pick your brain for questions… my concentration isn‘t on point these days 🤪 1y
squirrelbrain I just got this for 99p on Kindle…. 1y
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Lcsmcat We used these as a jumping off point, but then our discussions tend to go off in their own directions. https://www.readinggroupguides.com/reviews/the-night-watchman/guide 1y
Cinfhen Thanks @Lcsmcat I find that happens with our group as well 😚that‘s why I love bookclub/ it‘s always unpredictable 😛 (edited) 1y
Cinfhen Can‘t go wrong for 99p @squirrelbrain 1y
TrishB Just been and got for 99p @squirrelbrain must have missed this one! 1y
Cinfhen Pup hasn‘t removed his bowtie since the wedding 😁 @TrishB @Cathythoughts Glad you picked up this book, Trish!! I‘m really enjoying it 🥰 1y
squirrelbrain I‘m not sure how I spotted it @TrishB, as I‘m not as good as you at sniffing out deals. 😁 I decided it would be a good companion book to Ceremony, which is part of my course, and also about Native Americans. 1y
Megabooks I love that Herzl is your profile pic!! I hope you‘re able to get through this for book club! 1y
TrishB Puppies in bow ties 🐶❤️ 1y
TrishB @squirrelbrain all brains on board for the bargains! 1y
Cinfhen I‘m enjoying this book @Megabooks I had started it once before on audio and I wasn‘t connecting but in print it‘s working better for me. I‘m glad bookclub was moved up from Oct 25 to November 2. Less pressure, now! 1y
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LisaLovesToRead
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Panpan

I did enjoy the audiobook being in Erdrich‘s voice. Some of her descriptions of landscapes and dreams were beautiful. Still, it was hard to follow at points and dreadfully monotonous at others. If I wasn‘t listening to this book, I would likely have bailed.

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Tamra
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Erdrich does character devo like no other. By the time you get to the end of her novels it feels like you live with them. I really enjoyed the history of this one, the attempted “emancipation” of the Chippewa Turtle Mtn tribe from the federal govt., which was a bunch of hooey of course. She also painted a vivid picture of the culture and lifestyle on the reservation in the 50‘s.

Erdrich is a fabulous narrator!

SamAnne Absolutely loved this one. 1y
Tamra @SamAnne it was a great story! Her novels are hit & miss for me. (edited) 1y
RebelReader I think this is one of her best books! 1y
Tamra @RebelReader 👌🏾👍🏾 It is! She has one come out in November - set in Indie bookstore in Minneapolis! 😄 I must get at her bookstore. (edited) 1y
RebelReader @Tamra I didn‘t know that. I‘ll be looking for it. I haven‘t been to her store in a few years. Might have to venture over and buy her new book too. 1y
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Tamra
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Got a long listening session in on the tagged novel. I‘m very much enjoying the history and long character devo, something Erdrich is good at.

Internet was out all morning and early afternoon so I couldn‘t work. Instead I audio canned chicken broth, made corn tortillas, and baked banana chocolate chip muffins. My kinda day! 😊

EvieBee Sounds like an awesome, productive day! ❤️❤️ 1y
Cathythoughts Great work .. all sounds good ❤️ 1y
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Rachiiebookdragon
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Panpan

DNF at 16% - Not interested in it at the moment

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rachelsbrittain
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An incredible work of historical fiction based on real experiences of the authors grandfather who fought back against the United States government to prevent them from ending recognition of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa people by "emancapitating" them from their status as Native Americans. A haunting read.

TW: mentions of human trafficking, mentions of sexual assault and sexual abuse

SamAnne Loved this one. 1y
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Lcsmcat
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I love Erdrich‘s writing, and this exceeded even my high expectations. It‘s got history, drama, mystery, humor, all packaged in a deep love for her people. Highly recommended.

Lindy I agree. It‘s outstanding. 👍 1y
Tamra I had this in my hands the other day. 🙃 I am awaiting my library hold to come in, which is difficult! 1y
Lcsmcat @Tamra I hope you love it as much as I do! 1y
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Ruthiella I loved Pixie/Patrice! Such a great character. 1y
Lcsmcat @Ruthiella Me too, and Millie! 1y
SamAnne One of my favorites by her. Just finished The Round House which was really good as well. 1y
Lcsmcat @SamAnne I ❤️❤️❤️ The Round House! 1y
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Lcsmcat
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Starting my August book club book book tonight. Amélie would rather I play with her. ?

Leftcoastzen Adorable!😻 2y
RebelReader This is her best book yet! I loved it! 2y
kspenmoll Of course she would! Just she try & push books away like my two?! #catsoflitsy 😻 2y
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kspenmoll She looks like my Poe. 2y
Lcsmcat @kspenmoll She hasn‘t tried that yet. She is quietly demanding. She‘ll stare at me until I play laser with her. Does Poe like laser pointers? 2y
SamAnne I loved this one. One of her best in my book. 1y
kspenmoll @Lcsmcat Poe adores laser pointers- I have a battery operated one that goes in circles - I have to stop her after awhile - my husband is afraid she will get hypnotized! 1y
Lcsmcat @kspenmoll When Amélie was a kitten we had to make her stop or she‘d get so tired she‘d pant. Now she will stop on her own to rest, but be right back at me as soon as she‘s caught her breath. We have a rechargeable one and ended up buying a second one so there was always one ready to go. 1y
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britt_brooke
The Night Watchman | Louise Erdrich
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ A bit fragmented, but well-written. This was my first experience with Erdrich. This story, based on the author‘s grandfather, and the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Reservation, illustrates the lives and plight of the Paranteau family, and the community as a whole. It‘s the 1950s and governmental shit is going down. This will make you uncomfortable, as it should, but the slow pace couldn‘t fully hold my attention.

Cinfhen This is our October bookclub pick. I recommended it 😬😬Hope the ladies don‘t hate it!! 2y
Cinfhen Did you read or do audio??? 2y
britt_brooke @Cinfhen I did audio. It‘s not bad by any means, I just got bored, tbh. I think it could lead to great book club discussions, so hopefully your group agrees! 🤞🏼 2y
Cinfhen I have both the audio and physical copy so I‘ll see what works better for me! Thanks for your thoughts 💚I always appreciate your insights ❣️ 2y
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charl08
The Night Watchman | Louise Erdrich

Emancipation. This word would not stop hanging around in his head. Emancipated. But they were not enslaved Freed from being Indians was the idea. Emancipated from their land. Freed from the treaties that Thomas's father and grandfather had signed and that were promised to last forever. So as usual, by getting rid of us, the Indian problem would be solved.
Overnight the tribal chairman job had turned into a struggle to remain a problem.

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charl08
Night Watchman | Louise Erdrich
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It's so wet outside. I'll be here inside in the dry with my book, thanks...

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The Night Watchman | Louise Erdrich

Now Thomas stood on the slab of concrete beyond the circle of the outdoor flood lamp. Looked up into the cloudless sky and cold overlay of stars. Watching the night sky, he was Thomas who had learned about the stars in boarding school. He was also Wazhashk who had learned about the stars from his grandfather, the original Wazhashk. Therefore the autumn stars of Pegasus were part of his grandfather's Mooz.

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