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Butter Honey Pig Bread
Butter Honey Pig Bread | Francesca Ekwuyasi
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An intergenerational saga about three Nigerian women: a novel about food, family, and forgiveness. Butter Honey Pig Bread is a story of choices and their consequences, of motherhood, of the malleable line between the spirit and the mind, of finding new homes and mending old ones, of voracious appetites, of queer love, of friendship, faith, and above all, family. Francesca Ekwuyasi's debut novel tells the interwoven stories of twin sisters, Kehinde and Taiye, and their mother, Kambirinachi. Kambirinachi feels she was born an ?gbanje, a spirit that plagues families with misfortune by dying in childhood to cause its mother misery. She believes that she has made the unnatural choice of staying alive to love her human family and now lives in fear of the consequences of that decision. Some of Kambirinachi's worst fears come true when her daughter, Kehinde, experiences a devasting childhood trauma that causes the family to fracture in seemingly irreversible ways. As soon as she's of age, Kehinde moves away and cuts contact with her twin sister and mother. Alone in Montreal, she struggles to find ways to heal while building a life of her own. Meanwhile, Taiye, plagued by guilt for what happened to her sister, flees to London and attempts to numb the loss of the relationship with her twin through reckless hedonism. Now, after more than a decade of living apart, Taiye and Kehinde have returned home to Lagos to visit their mother. It is here that the three women must face each other and address the wounds of the past if they are to reconcile and move forward.
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Creed by Margiad Evans

Clarissa: or The History of a Young Lady, Volume 2 by Samuel Richardson

Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi

shawnmooney The Ku Klux Klan in Canada: A Century of Promoting Racism and Hate in the Peaceable Kingdom by Allan Bartley

Hello Friend We Missed You by Richard Owain Roberts

Kiss the Scars on the Back of My Neck by Joe Okonkwo

Giving Up the Ghost by Hilary Mantel

Run Me to Earth by Paul Yoon

All Will Be Well: A Memoir by John McGahern

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Books mentioned:

Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

A Concise History of Wales by Geraint H. Jenkins

The White Bathing Hut by Thorvald Steen
James Anderson (Translation)

O Beautiful by Jung Yun

Shelter - Jung Yun

tpixie A coinkydink I see this title twice in one week! A suitable boy was on the list of (edited) 2mo
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A beautifully written generational saga dealing with pain, love, forgiveness, family and food. How she wrote three such deep characters, that go through so much, that felt so real is mindblowing! So well written, Ekwuyasi offers such a wonderfully moving and beautiful story, about trauma, spiritualism, food, mothering, sisterhood, queerness and love. The prose are vivid and strong. I loved it so much! Can't reccomend it enought! #canlit

TheKidUpstairs One of my favourites last year! 2mo
TrishB Need to get to this, was gifted it for my last birthday ❤️ 2mo
Christine Wow, your review makes me want to get to this one soon! 2mo
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Evita
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3 out of 5

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TrishB I have this one waiting patiently for me! 4mo
shawnmooney @TrishB I took my sweet time getting to it and boy it‘s been worth the wait! 4mo
TrishB I‘m looking forward to it even more now! 4mo
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amma-keep-reading
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Gorgeous. This is a book that should be savored slowly, not devoured quickly.

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TheKidUpstairs
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#12Booksof2021 #February @Andrew65

February was a great reading month for me, and this one was an absolute stand out. Family, magic, food, hearts broken and mending. All the feels and all the love.

Andrew65 Looks great. 5mo
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I finished the bingo board yesterday.

Tagged is my favorite of the 25 listed (somehow also read 10 extra books).

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

And can I just be a total rando and complain that those stupid smiley face stickers keep falling off? I've been gluing them back on all month which is why they're going every which way. I still have another sheet of them. They may end up in my niece's xmas card.

TheAromaofBooks Stickers that don't stick are the WORST! Absolutely fantastic month of reading, though!! 6mo
DivineDiana 👏🏻 📚👏🏻 6mo
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“Our mother is not well. I can scarcely remember a time when she was. She is a vast garden of water-hungry flowers in a land of perpetual drought. Our father, I imagine, wanted to have something he could save every day, so he married her, narrow-waisted and massive-eyed. She was beautiful in an impossible way, a delicate thing. Too soft for this world, too soft for Lagos and the madness that is it‘s throbbing motor. Too soft for London…”

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This #audiobook is truly lovely. The story is awesome but the descriptions of food take this to the next level.

#BookSpinBingo free space
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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TrishB
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Thank you Cathy, Victoria and Michele.
Cathy- that card is so cool and I can‘t wait to listen to your hubby‘s music 😁♥️
Victoria - thank you for the cool bag too!

erzascarletbookgasm So many great books! 👏 7mo
Oryx I loved crying in h Mart 7mo
MicheleinPhilly Happy Birthday love! Enjoy! 😘 7mo
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Cathythoughts Lovely gifts ! Happy Birthday Trish B 🎉😘 yes the card was picked with you in mind … i said : Trish will like this card , I just know it X Have a great day ❤️ 7mo
Crazeedi Enjoy reading your presents 📚 7mo
Megabooks Happy birthday Trish!! Enjoy your day! 🥳🎉🥳 7mo
TrishB @erzascarletbookgasm I know, awesome. 7mo
TrishB @Oryx that‘s good to know! 7mo
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly thank you 😘 couple of glasses of fizz done 🥂🥂 7mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts a wise choice 😘 thank you xx 7mo
TrishB @Crazeedi I definitely will 📚 7mo
TrishB @Megabooks thank you 😘 7mo
Cinfhen Fabulous 7mo
Birdsong28 Glad you liked everything. 😊📚📖 7mo
TrishB @Birdsong28 👍🏻 7mo
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Soubhiville
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My September wrap up, and I enjoyed every one of these.
Butter Honey Pig Blood was definitely my favorite. But they were all 4-5 stars! Great month.

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Soubhiville
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I have to thank Laura, my book guru from myTBR.co for recommending this book. It was a perfect read for me. Family drama, deep characters, multiple POV, a queer MC, heavy on the emotions. I loved everything about it. I hope Francesca Ekwuyasi will write more books.

@CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian your goodreads review was perfect.

Lots of CW here! See spoiler comment.

Soubhiville Triggers: miscarriage, sexual assault, child abuse, death of a parent/spouse/child, slaughter of animals for food purposes, suicide, probably some others. Not an easy read- highly emotional, but also incredibly beautiful and somehow hopeful despite all of the above. 8mo
Soubhiville @MicheleinPhilly definitely one of my top books of the year too. 🥰 8mo
squirrelbrain I‘ve had this bookmarked on Scribd for ages now…your review has certainly moved it up the TBR list! 8mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian 💙💙💙 so glad you liked it! 8mo
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Soubhiville
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I‘m about 30 pages from the end and it‘s one of those reading experiences where I can‘t wait to see how it wraps up but I also never want it to end. You know the feeling friends. I also expect this last section is going to gut me. I‘m not sure I‘m ready to cry for an hour, so I‘m taking a short break.

TiredLibrarian I can relate - I'm about 40 pages from the end of this one, and I have to steel myself for what I know is going to happen. 💔 8mo
Soubhiville @TiredLibrarian I haven‘t read that one yet but it‘s on my TBR. 8mo
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“I devoured these books; every single one of them drew me in with its words until I was so deep in each world that any ending seemed too abrupt, and I would just sit with the closed book on my lap, the characters like old friends to whom I had just said goodnight. I would have to wait a while for the lingering aroma of one story to fade from my mind before diving into another.”

Art- Irina Sztukowski

Loving this book y‘all!

MicheleinPhilly Still easily one of my favorite books of this year! 8mo
Hooked_on_books What a wonderful quote! 😍 8mo
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Soubhiville
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I decided to try Tailored Book Recommendations, just to see how they‘d do for me. I have to say, I think they may have nailed my preferences. I can‘t wait to try these! I did the recommendation only option, but if these are as perfect as they sound I‘m probably going to change to the option where they send 3 hardcovers every 3 months. Wish me luck!

Link: https://mytbr.co

Tamra I have The Seed Keeper on my shelf! 9mo
Lindy @Tamra I‘ve got The Seed Keeper on my shelf too, waiting until I‘ve done with my CanLit Giller reading. @Soubhiville Hope you enjoy Butter Honey Pig Bread more than I did. I liked it okay, but other readers have raved about it. 9mo
Jess861 What a neat concept. I'll have to check it out. 9mo
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Karmapen
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OH MY GOD this was the closest thing to a perfect book I‘ve ever read. Twins, ghosts / spirits, multiple perspectives, rich scenery, PLOT! Oh how I loved it.

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This book made me hungry for everything....slow cooked food, sensual sex, reconciliation with family, desire, music in queer night clubs, baking, a sequel. I sobbed through the last several chapters, in part because I couldn't handle that the end was approaching. Butter Honey Pig Bread is a delicious and devestating read that might require me to cook one of the recipes contained within to get some closure.

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This book keeps popping up on lists of must read books so I'm going for it. Got home from working at the library and immediately got into my adult sized kiddy pool to read in the garden.

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Singout
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Really intriguing and well-written narrative of the intertwined lives of a Nigerian mother, who struggles with the belief that she is living under a curse, and her twin daughters. The story flows between their childhoods, the girls‘ estranged adulthood‘s in Canada and London, and their present reunion in Nigeria, where some hard truths come out. Longlisted for Canada‘s top fiction honours.
My May #Bookspin.
#Booked2021 #CharactersAreFrenemies

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 12mo
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Singout
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I can‘t imagine doing #BookspinBingo when my #Booked2021 list is so behind, but...

1. Girl, Woman, Other
2. Lion‘s Gaze
3. Lost Children Archive
4. Highway of Tears
5. Timbuktu
6. Talk about Race
7. The Salt Path
8. Hidden Life of Trees
9. Africville
10. Chop Suey Nation
11. Bush Runner
12. Homegoing
13. No Friend
14. Great Cities
15. The Innocents
16. How to Pronounce Knife
17. Unsettling Canada
18. New Jim Crow
19. Swing
20. Seven

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 12mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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I‘m so grateful my local indie picked this for book club this month, otherwise it would have escaped my notice. I need to start paying more attention to my Canadian friends because you all have excellent taste! ☺️ This a story about mothers and daughters and sisters that is rich and vibrant and gorgeously written. Will easily be one of my favorites this year.

TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 12mo
LeahBergen You‘re damn right we do. 🇨🇦😆😆 12mo
squirrelbrain I noticed this on Scribd the other day, I‘ve bookmarked it now after your review! 12mo
Soubhiville I‘ll be looking for it too now, thanks! 12mo
Suet624 Stacked!! 12mo
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We are kin. Here at the in-between place we are one being, eternal, moving in rotation to the flesh realm, only because we must...”I” is only a temporary and necessary aberration. “I,” “me,” such a lonely journey. We separate, single out to “I”s and “me”s and only when we traverse between realms, only when we take breath and body, only because we must. But we always return to “we,” you see? Because we must.

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Singout
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My #Bookspin for May: a novel of a twin Nigerian sisters go to Toronto and London as soon as they‘re old enough to leave home. It was long listed for the Giller prize and was on Canada‘s national radio book competition, so I‘ve been looking forward to reading it.

CuriousG Have this one sitting on my shelf - really looking forward to reading it in the summer when I might actually have the time 13mo
Singout I‘ll let you know what I think when I‘m done! It seems intriguing… And making it to Canada Reads isn‘t a bad thing. 13mo
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Dolly
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Impressive debut novel! Loved the writing and the story line. One of my best books of this year.

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Beautiful, sensual prose that explores relationship to spirit, to self and to family.

Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 12mo
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CuriousG
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I'm posting one book per day from the ever growing unread stacks in my personal library. No description or explanation, just books I own and plan to read. #tbr

Day 50

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🧈🍯🐖🍞❤❤❤❤❤

Outdoors when I can!

I'm co-hosting #OppositeDay with @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and I dip into the other photo challenges, see previous posts for details! I am also trying to catch up to the #NarniaReadalong, it's a new season for #Booked2021, and #ReadCanada

@MoonWitch94

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 💗📚💐😊🌸🐣 14mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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Aw yeah, let the debates begin! #CanadaReads sets out to choose "the one book that will transport us" Anyone else excited for the debates this week?

candority I have only read one of the books this the year, but I may tune in anyways! 1y
JacqMac It is so much better than last year. They almost lost me with all the bickering and disrespect. It was hard to watch. I am glad that it‘s all back to normal this time. 1y
TheKidUpstairs @JacqMac I agree. I love that they are approaching their critiques of other books as "This didn't really work for me" or "this wasn't as effective as I'd like" rather than last year's feel of attack. It's more true to the spirit of literary love. 1y
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Prairiegirl_reading Shit! I forgot!!! I reminded myself three times this morning and still forgot! 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ 1y
TheKidUpstairs @Prairiegirl_reading as a very forgetful person, I feel you! Do you have CBCGem? I streamed the episode last night. 1y
Prairiegirl_reading @TheKidUpstairs that‘s what I will do too. 😄 1y
TheKidUpstairs @JacqMac @Blueberry @candority @Prairiegirl_reading who has watched all the debates? I thought they did such a good job this year. So much respectful, honest, thoughtful conversation without losing the passionate debate. I was pulling for Butter Honey Pig Bread, but I though Devary did the best job defending her book and totally deserved the win. 1y
candority I didn‘t end up watching any of them and I probably won‘t go back to do so. I‘m glad to hear the debates were respectful and thoughtful this year. They have been a bit out of control in recent years! 1y
JacqMac I watched them all and I really liked it this year. It was a big improvement. I‘m also happy with the results. I wish it was longer than four days though. It seems so short. 1y
Blueberry I watched them all and enjoyed it sooo much better this year than last years. The presenters were so much more respectful to each other and the other books. 1y
Prairiegirl_reading Indigo spoiled it for me! I did watch some, got a day behind and then found out the winner because of ads. It‘s funny because the ones I didn‘t think I was interested in are the ones that went the farthest and now I want to read all of them. I didn‘t watch last year at all but I normally do. I enjoyed what I saw. 1y
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Blueberry
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Currently reading. I like it more as I get further in.
#CanadaReads2021

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xicanti
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This year‘s Canada Reads debates aim to find One Book To Transport Us, and I think BUTTER HONEY PIG BREAD could be it. Ekwuyasi takes readers deep into her characters‘ complicated family dynamics, extra-familial relationships, cross-border moves, and hard-won emotional healing, with tons of glorious food descriptions for seasoning. I loved the hell out it. 4.5 stars.

TW for child rape.

#CanadaReads2021

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xicanti
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It‘s #20in4 time! This weekend I want to:

• finish the excellent BUTTER HONEY PIG BREAD. Even though I still love THE MIDNIGHT BARGAIN best of the Canada Reads titles I‘ve read so far, I also love this one and would be happy to see it win.

• continue my SKIP BEAT! reread

• read (or bail on) OSAMA by Lavie Tidhar from La TBR

• read (or bail on, though it seems unlikely) PASTORAL by André Alexis from my library stack

#canadareads2021

TheKidUpstairs Loved this one. Just waiting on my hold for Johnny Appleseed to come in, then I'll have read all five. It's a stronger field this year than I thought when it was first announced. They all have their strengths, it'll be interesting to see who does the best job defending their title. 1y
xicanti @TheKidUpstairs I should have HENCH in hand on Monday, but it doesn‘t look like I‘ll get TWO TREES MAKE A FOREST in time. Even so, I‘m excited for the debates! 1y
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xicanti
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I can see why celebrity chef Roger Mooking chose to champion BUTTER HONEY PIG BREAD for Canada Reads. It‘s such a foodie book! And it‘s possibly a coincidence, but I‘ve made and eaten a ton of great stuff since I started it, including this soft flatbread stuffed with feta & olives. (It was my first non-tangzhong bread! I‘m branching out, baby!)

readordierachel That sounds and looks delicious! 1y
xicanti @readordierachel at lunch, I‘m gonna eat the other half with bleu cheese. 😋 1y
Ncostell That bread looks delicious! 1y
xicanti @Ncostell I‘m really pleased with it. It‘s definitely one to make again. 1y
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xicanti
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I started BUTTER HONEY PIG BREAD over breakfast and it feels like a book I could love. Hurray!

Come-read-with-me Stacked! The title is intriguing! 1y
xicanti @Come-read-with-me so far, I‘ve seen the butter and the honey. Still waiting on the pig and the bread. 1y
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TheKidUpstairs
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This book was beautiful. A story of life, love, family, choice, and the pleasure and potential for deep pain within. It is also about healing, together and apart. Throw in some magical realism, tinged with both traditional Nigerian and Catholic mythologies. And food, glorious, luxurious food. I loved it. I loved both Kehinde and Taiye. It is so worth a read.

#CanadaReads

Goal Two completed for #FabulousFebruary Readathon with @Andrew65

TheKidUpstairs @CuriousG - I finished today! As you can see from my review, I'd highly recommend it. 1y
CuriousG That sounds amazing. Thanks for tagging me! 1y
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1y
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"He was from the US, but in order to avoid having to defend his country's sociopolitical decisions, he traveled with a red maple leaf patch pinned to his backpack."

This made me LOL. Fake Canadians are pretty common when backpacking. I met quite a few Traveling Aus/NZ post-Uni. The really baffling ones were those who tried to convince us they were really from Toronto.

BookishTrish 🤣 Where are you from? Toh Ron Toh. 🤣🤣🤣 1y
TheKidUpstairs @BookishTrish LOL. The pronunciation is always a dead giveaway. We met one guy at the Zoo in Sydney who claimed to be from Toronto. We had just landed the day before and were excited to meet someone from home. We asked what part of Toronto he was from. "Oh, you know, I live on the main road there. The main street in town." He clearly thought Toronto was some small town. 1y
KatieB Haha! I had no idea that was a ‘thing‘! 1y
rabbitprincess @TheKidUpstairs Bahahahahahaha! The main street in town!! 🤣🤣 (edited) 1y
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TheKidUpstairs
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Reading the tagged and came across a reference to a "Ghana must go" which sent me on a research rabbit whole learning about the history of Ghanaian-Nigerian relations and the xenophobic history of these bags. http://atavist.mg.co.za/ghana-must-go-the-ugly-history-of-africas-most-famous-ba...

purple_takkies Thank you for the link. As a South African, I am very familiar with these bags but knew absolutely nothing about Nigeria and Ghana relations. 1y
Lindy I remember going down the same internet rabbit hole when I was reading 1y
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EJG31
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Loved the characters and the author's way of storytelling. It took me bit to get into because I found it confusing at first,but once I sorted out what was going on, it was fascinating. It is short listed for the CBC Canada Reads 2021 award.

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Delicious. Beautiful. Three Nigerian women, a mother and twin daughters, have drifted apart as adults as a result of childhood sexual assault. Heartbreaking but not dark at all, full of life and hope. The characters are wonderful, fleshed out; the writing gorgeous. Taiye, a messy hedonistic lesbian, stunned me in her authenticity and heart. The mom Kambi is a spirit not meant to linger as a human but she falls in love with being alive. Plus, food!

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TheKidUpstairs
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Woo! Canada Reads! Butter Honey Pig Bread was never really near the top of my TBR, but to be honest this sort interview with Mooking (who will champion the book in the debates) moved it way up the list! Hopefully that infectious excitement continues!

Also, "Reading Rainbow Gladiator" might be the best event description ever ?

https://www.cbc.ca/books/canadareads/roger-mooking-thinks-canada-reads-will-be-l...

TheKidUpstairs *short 1y
MeganAnn I haven‘t heard of this one before but it looks fascinating! Stacked! 1y
MsMelissa This one doesn‘t appeal to me much, but I‘ve read a few Canada Reads books that I didn‘t think would be my thing and I ended up enjoying them, so I‘m not ruling out reading it. 1y
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"If she could climb down the throat of an orgasm and rest, eternal, in its belly, and if she could sink into and be sealed beneath every delicious bite of every delightful thing--oh, how she would, she would, she would."

dixi_e This book deserves to be devoured. 1y
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"Living was a tumultuous cascade between the unbearable misery of being in this alive body indefinitely and an utter intoxication with the substance, the very matter, of life."

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5 🌟 read!! Loved this beautiful book about the cost of choosing to live. Nigerian woman raising her twin daughters. How they all break apart and learn to forgive and love. Highly recommend!!

Tamra Right up my alley! 1y
rmaclean4 I loved it and I hope you do as well!! 1y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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I'm only in Vancouver for a few hours this afternoon but I made time to stop in at queer book store Little Sisters to buy BUTTER HONEY PIG BREAD by Francesca Ekwuyasi. I actually have a digital review copy, but I am excited enough about this one that I went for it and bought the print copy. Isn't the cover gorgeous??
#QueerBooks #LGBTQBooks #LGBTQ #BlackBooks

batsy Love the cover and title. 2y
daisyheadmaesie It absolutely is! I hope it's as delightful inside as it is outside. :) 2y
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Lindy
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It‘s a pick, with a caveat. Here are a few examples of prose that just didn‘t work for me in this uneven novel:
“Lovers, Taiye‘d had many.”
“They were both considerably intoxicated—Isabella by the numerous drinks she‘d thrown back, and Taiye by Isabella‘s focused attention. […] They were both inebriated well past the point of inhibition.”
“Excitement bounced around like an eager contagion.”

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It was a dinner party she‘d dubbed Glitter Goodbyes, where she hosted a handful of close friends and required that they dust themselves with gold glitter from a compact case glued below the peephole on her front door before entering the flat.

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Lindy
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Family bonds, twinship, queerness and the slow recovery from trauma are the subjects of this novel set mostly in Nigeria, told in three voices: those of a mother and her twin daughters. Much name-dropping of admired musicians & authors. Much food preparation, even recipes. Much mention of orange textiles. Much of a muchness, really, but there is a decent story under it all. I wouldn‘t have pegged this for the Giller longlist. #shadowgiller