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Ida B. the Queen
Ida B. the Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells | Michelle Duster
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Journalist. Suffragist. Antilynching crusader. In 1862, Ida B. Wells was born enslaved in Holly Springs, Mississippi. In 2020, she won a Pulitzer Prize. Ida B. Wells committed herself to the needs of those who did not have power. In the eyes of the FBI, this made her a dangerous negro agitator. In the annals of history, it makes her an icon. Ida B. the Queen tells the awe-inspiring story of an pioneering woman who was often overlooked and underestimateda woman who refused to exit a train car meant for white passengers; a woman brought to light the horrors of lynching in America; a woman who cofounded the NAACP. Written by Wellss great-granddaughter Michelle Duster, this warm remembrance of a civil rights icon (Kirkus Reviews) is a unique visual celebration of Wellss life, and of the Black experience. A century after her death, Wellss genius is being celebrated in popular culture by politicians, through song, public artwork, and landmarks. Like her contemporaries Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony, Wells left an indelible mark on historyone that can still be felt today. As America confronts the unfinished business of systemic racism, Ida B. the Queen pays tribute to a transformational leader and reminds us of the power we all hold to smash the status quo.
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mhillis
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Mehso-so

I‘m glad to have read Ida B. the Queen for #SheSaid This was a good introduction to her life, but I definitely wanted more information about her and the people she‘s inspired, so in the future, I plan to read Crusade for Justice and The Echoing Ida Collection.

Today I just happened to see an article that there will be an Ida B. Wells Barbie doll.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2022/01/12/ida-wells-barbie-do...

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Mehso-so

Wonderful in concept, but lacking in execution. Ida B. Wells-Barnett is an icon for a reason. Sadly, this book about her fell flat for me. It was light on content, confusing in structure, and cluttered with many other people‘s stories. Left me wanting more Ida!

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2022
#shesaid #nonfictionchallenge2022 #rulebreaker #pantone2022 #daffodil

KathyWheeler Good review of this book. I felt the same way. 6d
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DivineDiana
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I was familiar with the name Ida B. Wells, a brave, brilliant and dedicated woman, but I did not know her story. A journalist and activist, she exposed the horrors of lynching through her investigative work and her pamphlets. She devoted her life to using her voice to improve opportunity, safety and fairness for the Black community. Many photos and portraits included. It is written in a voice that would appeal to a young audience. #shesaid

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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The last discussion for this one #SheSaid. I‘ll try to get the schedule together & up for our next book later today.

I know the reviews on this book were mixed, but Ida Wells was fascinating, any interest in reading her longer biography Ida:A Sword Among Lions (tagged below). And if so is it something you might be interested in reading as a group? If there is enough interest, I could just add it to the end of our current reading list?

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IndoorDame I‘m definitely interested in learning about her more in depth. I‘d be all for making that biography one of our groups reads. 1w
vlwelser I'm also game for a better Ida biography. 1w
Julsmarshall I didn‘t get to this one but that biography sounds interesting! 1w
vlwelser Regarding this book, it's a cute little intro. I didn't get a whole lot out of it tbh. I got a used library copy and it's tempting to take it apart and make a collage. Or bookmarks. Or something along those lines. The pictures are great. 1w
MallenNC I‘d be up for reading the biography. I wanted more of her actual writings and the different work she did. That got lost in this one among all the legacy connections. Which are valid, but that wasn‘t what I expected based on the description. 1w
KathyWheeler I would be interested in reading the biography you mentioned. This book was pretty disappointing. 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘d like to read the … ahem … 800+ page biography of Ms. Wells-Barnett. Sounds considerably more in depth than Duster‘s book. I didn‘t hate Ida B the Queen but it was even less detail than Vanguard. Such a tease … 😝 1w
ravenlee Wow, that‘s a chunkster, but I‘m game to try at some point. Biography isn‘t one of my usual genres, but Wells is a fascinating figure and deserves more attention. 1w
ravenlee I‘m also interested in another Giddings book, though it seems to cover similar territory to Vanguard. Anyone read it yet? 1w
tenar I‘m up for the big one! I don‘t know if I‘d normally say that, but after how interested Vanguard got me and since it‘s about the great Ida, I‘m excited. @ravenlee That book also looks fabulous. Looks like it might cover a wider time period than Vanguard. Going on the TBR! 1w
mhillis I would be interested in reading another book about her life! I also found this one which is not about her, but about social justice and written by members of the Echoing Ida collective 1w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage If we do add it, it would definitely be over more than 1 month 😂 1w
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staci.reads
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I'll echo what others have already said - great woman, great accomplishments, lasting impact...not a great book 😔
It's bizarrely organized and written in a voice that sounds as if it's intended for middle schoolers or upper grade schoolers. I will definitely look for more books to keep learning about this amazing woman. #SheSaid @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

KathyWheeler It was a weird read. So strangely organized and in some places it was informative while in other places it lacked necessary detail. I was disappointed. 2w
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vlwelser
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Mehso-so

This would be a totally fine book if it was marketed for middle schoolers.

#SheSaid @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

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IndoorDame
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Clwojick Woohoo!!! 2w
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IndoorDame
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Mehso-so

I finished our #SheSaid book and am left with the same conflicted feelings we‘ve all been discussing. This should definitely be classified as as a MG textbook. I liked the combo of vintage photography and colorful line art portraiture. I think the artist did a great job at conveying the personality of a ton of people in minimal space. #Nonfiction2022 #ImLoudOrBoisterous #BBRC yeah baby Art/Photography

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ravenlee
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa Ok…that is awesome! 2w
MadelineMcCrae I learned about her in a women‘s history class and she‘s so interesting! 2w
staci.reads That's fantastic! 2w
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Mehso-so

While I learned some things reading this book, overall I‘m a bit disappointed. I wanted so much more from this book, and although it has some great info, it is also a bit repetitive and written as a YA book in parts. If it had been labeled as a YA book, then it would be great as that…I just expected and wanted more.

Sorry, I hate to say bad things about a book about such a great lady. I will pick up Ida: Sword Among Lions to read later though.

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vlwelser
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My bookmark matches my book.

#SheSaid @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That‘s perfect!! 2w
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DivineDiana
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Started this for Readalong, but I am way behind. #butstillshepersists
#shesaid

vlwelser You can probably read it all in one go. Certainly you have time before Sunday. 2w
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ravenlee
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Mehso-so

While this book wasn‘t bad, it should have been much better. The organization is scattered, the illustrations are an inexplicable mishmash of drawings and photos, and the sidebars are either redundant or irrelevant. Neither a good starting place nor useful for additional information, I‘m not sure what the purpose of this book is (other than an homage to Duster‘s great-grandmother Ida).
#SheSaid

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Hello #SheSaid well I‘m learning some things, but overall I‘m a bit disappointed. I wanted so much more from this book, and it definitely has some great info, but is also a bit repetitive and written as a middle grade book in parts. 🤷‍♀️

😬sorry, I hate to say bad things about a book about such a great lady.

IndoorDame I have to agree that I‘m getting the middle school textbook vibe from it. Which isn‘t to say I‘m not learning things, because my own education was shockingly lacking. But I still feel like I want to go more in depth on the things I‘m learning so I may have to seek out more resources. That said, as someone who‘s always thinking as an educator, I‘m really glad this book exists just as it is. 2w
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @IndoorDame I think that‘s where my frustration lays, if it was written and labeled as a middle grade book, then it‘s great. Are you reading with the #1619Project too? I think you‘d enjoy some of that book as well. 2w
staci.reads Agreed - the author definitely sound like she's talking to kids, especially when she does an aside to explain a pretty commonly known history, like the rise of the KKK. Even as a middle school book, though, I still feel like the organization of the book makes no sense. I too am learning things I didn't know about Ida B Wells, so definitely not a waste of time! 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @staci.reads I‘ve finished it now and found the last sections a bit repetitive with what we read before also. And the asides are well done, but sometimes they come right after she has just explained the same things in the regular text of her story. That seems like an editor issue to me 🤷‍♀️ 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ..maybe the page layer? 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I also found it odd that for some of the historical people, they used drawings instead of photos which are widely available….that also made it seem more middle school to me. Don‘t get me wrong I‘ve loved that in some YA books, it just seemed out of place here. 2w
IndoorDame @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I am reading The 1619 Project too, and am really enjoying enjoying what I‘ve read so far. 2w
MallenNC I‘m fascinated by Ida B. wells and am always interested to learn more about her. I appreciated learning about her childhood and the loss of her parents. I can see where she developed her strength from that experience. I‘m reading this as an ebook so I think some of the illustrations aren‘t shown. It does seem like a middle grade book but I‘m still learning from it. 2w
megnews @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I definitely blame the lack of editorial process. 2w
megnews @staci.reads I agree about the organization. She really lost me on the timeline in the middle of the book. Beginning or end, not the middle and not a whole chapter. To me, this was another huge editing issue. 2w
KathyWheeler While I‘ve learned things from this book, I‘ve also been disappointed in it. The structure is strange, some things are not discussed in enough detail while others are repeated, and we get too much information on later civil rights leaders without contextualizing them within the life and legacy of Wells. And that timeline was just weirdly placed. I‘m glad I read it but I don‘t think I‘d recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about Wells. (edited) 2w
ravenlee I agree with everything that‘s already been said. It‘s been a little odd, as I‘ve been reading several books recently that feature Wells and never have before. Vanguard, Lifting as We Climb, More Deadly Than War had some unexpected context, and now this one - it‘s all kind of turned into a jumble. 2w
tenar Yes, I agree with everyone‘s thoughts. And I was concerned by how often the writing purported to know how Ida‘s relatives were feeling. It wasn‘t clear how much was the author‘s speculation. Though this book is not exactly what I want it to be, reading it is still helping me reinforce what is, unfortunately, relatively new information to me. And it‘s had me scoping out biographies of her. There‘s a sweeping, highly reviewed one that‘s 800 pages! 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @tenar I have that one too, I just haven‘t tackled it yet. I‘m debating now if I should try to tackle it soon or see if we‘d like to read it as a group at some point in the future (maybe over more than 1 month though 😂) 2w
tenar @Riveted_Reader_Melissa One of the reviews I read said you learn so much not just about her, but about the country and the time period. I would absolutely love to join a group read, and definitely for more than one month! 😅 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Finally got my Library Hold!! Catching up soon! 2w
vlwelser I don't know what to do with this book. I'm going to stop complaining about it. Because they can't all be winners and the next book will likely be better. 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Well, it didn‘t take long for me to catch up once my hold came in. Yes, the book‘s structure is confounding. And in the Amazon categories, it doesn‘t mention middle grade at all. But I *know* I saw this in the kid‘s section of my fav indie bookstore (pre-Covid). Maybe the author wanted to grab the kids‘ attention before plodding through chrono dates and early life. But it‘s a head scratcher, for sure. 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage I like how this relates to other recent group reads — from 400 Souls to The Warmth of Other Suns and Vanguard. And will connect to 1619, I‘m sure. Just reopened 400 Souls to read those sections again for a more adult-facing perspective. 2w
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megnews
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Finished this up on audio today. It‘s pretty uncommon for me to give a book less than three stars. Particularly difficult to do so in this case where the author is a descendant of this amazing woman. This started out strong. But she lost me midway and I found myself more and more critical of the book as it went. #SheSaid

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I understand… I want to read the longer in-depth biography now though. 3w
megnews @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I definitely learned some things. I‘ve had my eye on this one for a long time: 3w
vlwelser I'm convinced this is a kids book. 3w
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @megnews I have that one, I got it on a kindle sale awhile ago, I haven‘t read it yet. 3w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @vlwelser I feel that way sometimes too….I‘m sort of sad, I wanted a bit more. 3w
megnews @vlwelser I have looked back at goodreads twice to check that! I‘d rate it higher if it was. 3w
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Hello #SheSaid a new month, a new year, and a shiny new book!

How are you feeling about this one so far? Such a writing style shift from both our last book (fiction) and our last non-fiction. I‘m finding myself both wishing Vanguard could get this treatment for a younger audience and that I had read both of the other Ida biographies for more depth. But I‘m still learning a lot, the story of the soldiers “revolt” and lynching was one ⤵️

Riveted_Reader_Melissa ↪️ was one I had not read before. I had read about Wilson re-segregating the government workers when he was in office though…and I still find that galling. What‘s new to you? What are your thoughts? And where did you first hear or read about Ida B Wells? 3w
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa I first read/heard about Ida B Wells while reading Doris Kearns Goodwin‘s The Bully Pulpit. She was mentioned as a major mudraker reporter reporting on the big barons of industry then and pushing for reforms. I thought she was impressive there, it wasn‘t until much later that I realized that she was African American and huge in anti-lynching and civil rights. 3w
Suet624 Shoot. I was hoping my library would get this but they haven't. Sounds great! 3w
rjsthumbelina I had never heard of what happened at Camp Logan before! I also wasn't aware that Pres. Wilson had further segregated govt offices. And I thought her description of lynching as getting "rid of" Black Americans who were "acquiring wealth and property" was perfectly stated. I was struck by just how much Ida B. Wells made time for in her life - what an amazing woman! 3w
megnews I believe I first heard of Ida B Wells in high school but I don‘t recall learning about her involvement in anti-lynching until later. I had read about Wilson‘s resegregation of the govt before. He was really a crap president. He has the honor or showing the first film in the White House but the disgrace of it being Birth of a Nation. Fought Women‘s voting rights. I had heard briefly about the incident at Camp Logan but was shocked reading the 👇🏻 3w
megnews Details. I agree with @rjsthumbelina on Ida‘s description of lynching being spot on. Like her, I had no clue how many issues Ida tackled. I‘m exhausted reading about it! This book seems like easier reading but I like it for non fiction. I appreciate that her descendant is writing it as that adds something to the story for me. 3w
megnews I highlighted a lot. This stood out. From Ida‘s diary: “is there no redress, no peace, no justice in this land for us?” It feels like Little has changed. I wonder what Ida would think. 3w
vlwelser I like this but it seems pretty basic at times, like it's meant for kids. I think we learned about Ida in school. But more focused on suffragette stuff and the NAACP. I'm still waiting for new info. But I have been reading a lot of books on these topics. 3w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @megnews Since we STILL can‘t pass an anti-lynching bill in the 2020‘s…nope, not nearly enough has changed. 3w
tenar I can‘t remember the first time I heard about Ida, but this, Vanguard, and the PBS series Crash Course Black American History all in the last year are the first time I‘m getting to know her! I‘m enamored, and only became more-so reading the story about her standing up to the FBI. She‘s amazing. I agree, I‘d like to read a more traditional biography on her after this, but this seems like a very friendly intro and especially great for young readers. 3w
tenar @megnews I also found that quote so powerful and resonant, thank you for bringing it up. I imagine she‘d be on the front lines fighting police brutality here today. I can‘t fathom all she and the community were feeling after those horrors in Memphis. It‘s hard to imagine, but I think it would be enough to make me leave my home, too. 3w
fredthemoose I don‘t remember when I first heard of Ida B. Wells, but it was probably embarrassingly late (like after college). She‘s so impressive and I‘m glad she‘s finally receiving some of the recognition she deserved in her life. I agree with @vlwelser and @tenar that this is a good, pretty basic book, and that I think I‘d like to read a more in-depth version geared toward adult readers. 3w
staci.reads I first heard about her in high school but in a very basic sense. There are stories in here that are sadly new to me, such as the story of Camp Logan and the story of the Memphis lynching of the grocery store owners. 3w
staci.reads I am always amazed at Ida's bravery and at her accomplishments - that's a lot of lasting impact.. She was a powerhouse. 3w
staci.reads The book itself frustrates me with the way its organized. I would like more of a chronological organization or by the areas of her life and work. This feels random, especially as I look ahead at the rest of the chapters, one which is just a timeline, another which is more than 1/3 of the book and isn't about Ida, but about other activists. It's an odd book as far as structure and focus is concerned. 3w
staci.reads @Riveted_Reader_Melissa thanks for the recommendation. I love Kearns Goodwin's work. I'm adding that to my tbr. 3w
tenar @staci.reads I had a lot of the same feelings. I remember many of our group struggling to keep the time straight in Vanguard, and I‘m having that struggle here. Because of the lack of chronology, I didn‘t feel like I had a good sense of where she was in her life during any given anecdote. 3w
MallenNC I was away this afternoon so I missed a lot of discussion. I only heard of Ida B. Wells as a journalist who wrote about lynchings, which was brave enough, but continuing to learn and I‘m so impressed by her as a person. I think this book is for a younger audience but I like that it‘s written by one of her descendants. 3w
vlwelser Didn't this author write one of the essays in Well Read Black Girl? 3w
ravenlee I think Ida was mentioned in my high school AP US history class, but only in passing. I recently read Lifting as We Climb, right after Vanguard, and it‘s aimed at YA but has some good info (also some serious errors, though). It was a more approachable version of Vanguard in many ways (also left out the church aspect), but had a good bit on Ida. 3w
ravenlee So far I‘m finding this book easy to read, though I was less interested in the author‘s intro than in the meat of Ida‘s story. It felt like that would have been a better afterword, to me. Ida seems like a real pistol, and I‘m already in awe. The Camp Logan debacle, the lynching in Memphis…it‘s all so horrifying and I wish it felt less timely. 3w
KathyWheeler @staci.reads I‘m frustrated by the structure as well. I felt that it would have been better to have an introduction that talked about her relationship with Wells first, then go into Wells‘ story. That way I might not have been so annoyed that she referred to Wells as Ida but called everyone else by their last name. Since writers commonly do this when writing about women and I find it condescending, I was irritated by that. 3w
megnews @staci.reads I just listened to the next section on audio and ch 5 the timeline, I kept thinking it was the intro and we‘d get to the meat of the chapter. Nope. That‘s oddly placed in the middle of the book. 3w
IndoorDame @KathyWheeler I also always notice when people refer to only women by first names and I find it condescending too. 3w
IndoorDame @megnews such a powerful quote! 3w
Karisa Sorry, I‘m late to the party. I‘ve been enjoying reading more about Ida B. I think the first time I‘d heard of her was from a poster with many African Americans listed. I‘m realizing that my education k-12 and university classes were really lacking in representation. So glad I‘m a reader and can make up those gaps. Just got back from DC and Ida was well represented at the African American History Museum. She was so courageous and inspiring. 3w
Karisa I agree with those above that wrote about the writing style leaving something to be desired. The stories of Ida are great though. I did not know that Wilson had been so racist in his policies (and some say systematic racism is not present in our govt!). I loved the story about the voting rights march in which Ida took her rightful place front and center. It seems to be a recurring theme that there is a lack of inclusion among many white feminists. 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m still waiting on my library hold. Thankfully, it should be easy to catch up!! 3w
staci.reads @megnews yeah, a little weird 3w
mhillis I‘m just getting caught up! The book is interesting so far, and I did not know about Camp Logan before. 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @mhillis It‘s a fairly quick read too….so it shouldn‘t be to bad. 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @mhillis Me too! The Camp Logan story is horribly tragic and most awful is the ways that racism continues through history. I was also thinking of The Hate U Give and how they had to protect their store. It‘s a common theme, sadly. Also like that Duster noted the mob destroying the store ultimately was frustrated *white* people, which was actually quite common. And so different from the narrative advanced today about uprisings starting only w/POC. 2w
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LitsyEvents
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@Riveted_Reader_Melissa has posted the #SheSaid. January schedule!

“Our next #buddyread is a bit shorter than I thought it would be so it should mesh well with anyone attempting the 1619 Project group read at the same time.

Have a Happy Holiday and a great new year!“

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Ok #SheSaid. Schedule for January is up!

Our next one is a bit shorter than I thought it would be so it should mesh well with anyone attempting the 1619 Project group read at the same time.

Have a Happy Holiday and a great new year!

MoonWitch94 Ohhhh I would like to join!!! 1mo
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vlwelser Is that the whole book? 1mo
tenar Woo! I can‘t wait to join back in and read all about her. So glad we read Vanguard last month! 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @MoonWitch94 I‘ll add you to the tag list! Welcome Aboard 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @vlwelser The whole book is only about 150 pages 😕So yes, that‘s it. (edited) 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @vlwelser I was a bit disappointed myself when it came…I was hoping it would be bigger. 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
vlwelser I'm a big pain in the rear but asking anyway.... So what are we doing for Feb? 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @vlwelser I‘m not sure. I think I‘ll wait to see what the 1619 schedule looks like and plan from there. I haven‘t seen their Jan or Feb schedule yet. 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @vlwelser I just looked. It is out, don‘t know how I missed it? Let me see what those sections look like and I‘ll let you know. Maybe we‘ll just start the next book sooner and space it out more. That one‘s a bit heftier. 1mo
megnews I wasn‘t planning to read this one but since it‘s so short I‘m going to try to give it a whirl. I hope I can stay motivated with the non fiction! 1mo
megnews Glad I decided to read this. Already loving it! Lots to discuss. 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @megnews I‘m glad you are enjoying it already! 4w
sabyym Interesting pick!! I‘m so in 4w
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ravenlee
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#bookmail is the best mail! Especially when it comes while hubby is at work. 😆 Two for upcoming #SheSaid reading, two because I wanted them, and three for kiddo‘s Christmas gifts (maybe; the Nesbit might be for me - I mean, they‘re all for me!)

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Eggbeater Mine too! 8mo
KathyWheeler What kind of person blocks an antilynching bill? And yet I‘m pretty sure he‘d argue there‘s no systemic racism in the US. 😡😡😡😡🤬🤬🤬🤬 8mo
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ozma.of.oz Of f*ing course it‘s Rand Paul. 🤬🤬🤬 8mo
sprainedbrain He‘s horrible. 8mo
JenReadsAlot Mine too. 8mo
Hooked_on_books The man is an idiot. He‘s a doctor who doesn‘t think he needs to get vaccinated. Um, what? He needs to go away. As does the other senator from his state. 8mo
janeycanuck Well, you know... there may be circumstances where lynching is appropriate? I.... I‘m so confused as to how someone could be against lynchings. 8mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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“Queen of Our Race” by Bettiola H. Fortson
about Wells‘s participation in a suffrage march held on March 3, 1915.
#poetry

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ahomelibrary
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Audiobook: Interesting and unique POV as the author is a direct descendant of Wells. Draws correlations between civil rights movement of Wells day and today‘s BLM etc. Relatively short but does the job. Somewhat disjointed in logical flow, but I think all in all a good read. #audiobook #diversereads #history #africanamericanhistory #americanhistory #nonfiction

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Jen2
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Pickpick

This was great. I learned so much!!!

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MargaretPinardAuthor
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The first chapter didn‘t hold my interest, but then the author goes into her childhood experience of being Ida B Wells‘ great grand-daughter (!! Talk about burying the lede!), and her early life is totally spellbinding. She‘s 25yo currently... 🤩

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I enjoyed the memoir-ish start to the book. The author makes explicit the parallels & connections between the injustices of Ida‘s time and those of our current era, so the book may be a good intro to civil rights for some readers. The structure, on the other hand, remained hard to follow on audio, and I‘m not sure how much I learned about Ida B Wells herself. It was.... fine. #ALC

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I really appreciate shorter audiobooks, since it takes me forever to dedicate 6+ hours to listening. This is < 4, and so is perfect for me. Michelle Duster is one of Ida B‘s descendants & has an interesting, non chronological approach- but even though I‘m enjoying her narration, the way the bio skips around is much harder to follow without visual cues in the book. Which I say having just listened to a timeline being read aloud. #ALC from Libro.fm

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Mitch
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Image: Time Magazine

Another great looking book for 2021 - Written by Ida‘s great granddaughter - inspiring story with strong graphics - can‘t wait until March! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

KVanRead @Riveted_Reader_Melissa This looks like another title that would be great for #shesaid 12mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @KVanRead Yes it does. I‘ve had this one about her on my to-read list for awhile now 12mo
KVanRead @Riveted_Reader_Melissa that sounds good too. Too many books!!🥺 12mo
Mitch @KVanRead I know right!
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KVanRead @Mitch story of my life 🤷🏻‍♀️😂 12mo
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