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Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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ChaoticMissAdventures
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Mehso-so

I am undecided on if this is a pan or so-so.
It was a BOTM book that I passed over and never would have picked up if it hadn't been long listed for the Women's Prize.
Due to my own past I avoid all books that talk about military life, especially military wives, and this starts with that life, domestic violence, and child rape. It was a tough read, but not 1 I feel I get anything out of.
+ to that continually changing choppy timelines- not for me.

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Itchyfeetreader
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Pickpick

I really liked the strong female relationships in this one. The writing was also beautiful and created a real sense of the place. I found all the different points of view. Bit frustrating and am not convinced they came together to tell a better story than if we had kept with just one or two narrators. Still a good solid read and claiming fro #booked2023 #setintwoormoretimeperiods it‘s also going to be my US for #readingtheamericas

Bookwomble That glass is beautiful 🍸 2d
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BennettBookworm
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Mehso-so

Gorgeous, poetic writing. Painful, gruesome story. Can‘t say it was an enjoyable read, but I was absolutely in awe of the mother-daughter-sister bonds and found the ending especially moving.

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Cinfhen
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Pickpick

#WomensPrize23LongList I didn‘t love this book as much as @Cortg but it was a solid debut. My disappointment was with stylistic choices - mostly the nonlinear time jumps from multiple characters #POV, which were not easy to distinguish between. I did enjoy the audio narration. A story featuring 3 generations of southern black women with a strong bond of sisterhood.

TrishB I really liked this one 👍🏻 6d
TheBookHippie I enjoyed this one! 6d
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Megabooks I liked this but I don‘t remember much. 6d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I just won this one on Goodreads! If you don‘t like the book I probably will 😂😂 6d
Deblovestoread Just started this morning on audio. Liking it so far. 6d
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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I won this one from Goodreads! I love about an hour and a half from Memphis and have been many times! Thank you @penguinrandomhouse so much!!

The cover is stunning!! 💙💛💜❤️💚💛🖤🤍

dabbe Sheer awesomeness. 😍 1w
ShelleyBooksie Love your flag 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @dabbe thank you Denise!! ❤️ 1w
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Cortg
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Pickpick

Fantastic read! The story of 3 generations of strong, black women from Memphis, TN and their ups and downs in this so called life. I really enjoyed the writing style. The chapters of each woman/narrator goes back and forth through the years and their stories are pieced together rather than going straight through a timeline. #ReadHarder23 ~listen to an audiobook performed by a POC of a book written by an AOC #Booked2023 ~featuring 3 generations

Cinfhen I just bought this audio today!!!! Excited you liked it so much 💜and hurray that it fits for so many prompts 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1w
ChaoticMissAdventures Nice to hear! This is on the Women's Prize long list and I want to get to it by end of month. 1w
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squirrelbrain I loved this one! ❤️ 1w
Cortg @Cinfhen The audio was great. Three narrators, one was the author ❤️ 1w
Cortg @ChaoticMissAdventures I saw it was on the list. It‘s really good and a debut book to boot! I hope you enjoy it 😘 1w
Cinfhen I‘m REALLY ENJOYING the audio!!! 1w
Cortg @cinfhen Awesome! 1w
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jlhammar
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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The first part of my #WomensPrize order has arrived. So excited for all of these!

ChaoticMissAdventures So excited to hear what everyone likes! I got Memphis on audio and have Bandit Queens ready to read, I love how different they all sound. 2w
squirrelbrain I just got Bandit Queens from the library, and Homesick on Scribd. Looking forward to both of them. I loved Memphis when I read it last year. 2w
MicheleinPhilly LOVED Memphis! 2w
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emmaturi
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Pickpick

This was a really brilliant, moving, hard story set in Memphis. Three generations of a Southern Black family tell their stories. All the women were incredibly and inspiring.

BiblioLitten I‘m really looking forward to it. 1mo
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BooksNBowls
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Please keep my city in your thoughts and prayers as they are releasing the footage tonight from the brutal beating of #TyreNichols by 5 Memphis police officers. I pray everyone stays safe and we don‘t let this destroy our city, but unite us for #JusticeForTyre. 🙏💔

Chrissyreadit This is heartbreaking. I am glad they were fired but until Police departments hold officers accountable consistently for inappropriate actions nothing will change. 2mo
BooksNBowls @Chrissyreadit You‘re right! It‘s absolutely devastating and feeling like there‘s nothing you can do.. I‘m hoping this will bring forth change with the MPD. Our chief has been taking this very seriously and they already have murder charges against them, but they‘ve bonded out unfortunately. I feel like there‘s more to the story than they are telling the public. 2mo
AmyG This whole thing is heartbreaking. 2mo
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BooksNBowls @AmyG yep, I won‘t be watching the footage.. it‘s too traumatizing. My imagination is enough. He was a human piñata to these guys. ? 2mo
SamAnne So heartbreaking. 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙏🏻🙏🏻 2mo
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BennettBookworm
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Post 3/5
Second stop on my Hudson Valley book trail was Oblong Books in Millerton! Absolutely could‘ve spent all day there. Really effective displays with so many outward-facing books, plus a robust section with stationary, calendars, games and more. They also have an attached kids bookstore and a secondary location. I got the tagged book (by a fellow NU alum!) plus two others I‘d been itching to find!

Amiable Love it there! Did you pop into Harney & Sons across the street for some tea, too? 3mo
BennettBookworm @Amiable yes!! ☺️ 3mo
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MelKelsey
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Book 171

Memphis is the story, spanning over 70 years, of 3 generations of black women.They face familial violence, police brutality, the cycle of poverty, and setting aside personal ambitions for motherhood.The novel jumps between time periods; the family tree in the initial pages is helpful. Not feeling invested until past the halfway mark, the novel is a slow-burn.The characters are all different but not equally dynamic.

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Grrlbrarian
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Pickpick

Glorious book of black womanhood and struggle for my #doublespin ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The language and imagery here are beautiful.

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 3mo
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eraderneely
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Finally getting to this one, in snatched moments of grandparent-childcare. Not sure what I was expecting, but interesting so far.

kaysworld1 I hope you got your card and have had a great birthday 🎂 🥳 🎉 4mo
eraderneely @kaysworld1 I‘ve been in the States for Thanksgiving, but I look forward to seeing it when I get home tomorrow! 4mo
kaysworld1 @eraderneely OMG that sound amazing I hope you enjoyed yourself and ate loads of food xx 4mo
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peacegypsy
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Pickpick

A great perspective on family and place.

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peacegypsy
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Finding a lot of good prose in “Read with Jenna” books.

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Cazxxx
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Hoping to finish up this one over the weekend, absolutely loving it so far
What are you planning to read?

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Oryx
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Pickpick

Wonderful.
Thanks for the recommendation @trishb

TrishB Phew….so glad you enjoyed 😁 7mo
MicheleinPhilly YAY! Every time someone reads this and falls in love with it, it makes me smile. ☺️ 7mo
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Oryx
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Last day of my holiday. I can think of worse plans for the evening.

squirrelbrain Enjoy! ❤️ 7mo
TrishB Looks great 😁 7mo
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squirrelbrain
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Pickpick

This book was fantastic. I couldn‘t put it down but didn‘t want it to end.

It‘s a multi-generational saga of the women in one family, across 70 years of their lives, through thick and thin. I loved all of the strong female characters and want to be friends with them all!

This will easily make my top books of 2022 list.

rockpools So much love for this one!. You‘re almost making me want to read the ARC I have 🫣 7mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 7mo
squirrelbrain You should definitely read it! @rockpools (You can add it to the eleventy-seven other books that you‘re reading!) 7mo
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Oryx I've just started this one about an hour ago. So far, so great! 7mo
BarbaraBB Oooh Sounds Good!! 7mo
rockpools True, though! 7mo
Megabooks I enjoyed this too! 7mo
eraderneely Well, now there‘s no way I‘m coming out of the bookshop without this tomorrow. Been eyeing it for months and have to do a some shopping for Little Miss‘s birthday. 7mo
squirrelbrain I think you‘ll love it @eraderneely and happy (early) birthday to the little one! 7mo
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squirrelbrain
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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#weeklyforecast

I‘ve had enough of ‘serious‘ Booker reads for now and stuck at home with a poorly puppy while hubby has gone out to a classic car show. Trying to decide which of these to start next… knowing me, probably both of them! 🤣 I‘m not sure if either of them will be any ‘lighter‘ but we‘ll see.

Having said that I‘ll still listen to Glory this week as I‘m driving to a couple of meetings, plus I‘ll carry on with Booth too….

MicheleinPhilly Poor Henry! Feel better, boop! 😘 8mo
TrishB Awww, hope Henry is feeling better soon. 8mo
Cathythoughts Get better Henry ♥️ 8mo
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Ruthiella Hope the pup gets well soon! I have a few series I‘m reading that I can go to when I need something lighter. 8mo
Cinfhen Sending pup love - and I‘ve heard good things about your tagged book 8mo
LeahBergen Feel better soon, Henry! ❤️ 8mo
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BookBosomed1
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Relaxing on the patio & enjoying the sunshine as I follow along to this 🔥 of a book while listening to the audio version. It‘s a read that includes heavy topics and is beautifully written with a strong sense of place. This book is yearning to be used in educational curriculum & a book club.💥

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Julsmarshall
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Love this cover! #currentread after swimming a personal record . #BookspinBingo #BFC2022 @TheAromaofBooks @wanderinglynn

KathyWheeler Congrats on the personal record! 8mo
wanderinglynn 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 8mo
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julieclair Congrats! 👍 8mo
JamieArc Congrats! 🎉 8mo
kspenmoll Congrats on your swimming! 8mo
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SW-T
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Pickpick

A multigenerational saga. Lots of highs and lows and change and grief and happiness and ultimately choosing in spite of adversity. Even though she‘s fictional, you root for Joan and want her to flourish and thrive and for her art to carve out a bright future for her.

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suvata
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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• ModernMrsDarcy.com 2022 Summer Reading Guide #MMDSummerReading #MMDBookClub

This debut novel is told over 70 years from the shifting perspectives of Hazel, her daughters‘, Miriam and August, and Miriam‘s daughter, Joan. The book jumps back and forth through time as it slowly unveils the legacy each generation passes down to the next.

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MysticFaerie
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Pickpick

5🌟/5🌟 I loved this book, and was sad to see it end.

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amma-keep-reading
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
Pickpick

I really enjoyed the story of the North women but I wish we heard more from the matriarch, Hazel and at least a chapter from the youngest (and funniest) member of the family, Mya. Also, can we have a novella about the mysterious neighbor, Miss Dawn?

As you can tell, I got attached to the characters in this book. I hope to meet them again.

Special s/o to Penguin Random House for a copy of the arc and access to the audiobook.

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TrishB
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Pickpick

Great read with fantastic characters and a backdrop of serious themes. Really loved it. Finished in one evening I was so engrossed!

MicheleinPhilly YAY! We can still be friends. 😉 9mo
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly phew……it was a great read wasn‘t it! 9mo
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LatrelWhite
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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🎧Finishing up!

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TrishB
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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#bookmail
Todays treats 😁

Soubhiville Yay! 10mo
MicheleinPhilly 😮 TWO books I‘ve read before you???? It‘s a miracle! 10mo
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly I brought one ‘cos you said it‘s the best you‘ve read this year 😁 10mo
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BookwormM I enjoyed Memphis 10mo
BarbaraBB I bought two of these too 🤩 10mo
LeahBergen Nice! 👍 10mo
TrishB @BookwormM cool 👍🏻 10mo
TrishB @BarbaraBB great minds 👍🏻 10mo
Caroline2 Oh good looking books. I‘m really excited about True Biz. It sounds really good. 10mo
TrishB @Caroline2 it does 👍🏻 need the time to get to all the lovely books! 10mo
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marleed
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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I‘m not sure I‘ve ever had a grid where so many books inch there. way into an A status (4.5=A-). Thanks to public libraries for allowing me so much fun! The tagged was an important book for me to read.

5* = Loved It, want to shout out loud about this book! I do/will own/keep a physical copy. A+
4*= I liked it, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

janeycanuck I just brought Portrait of a Thief home from the library. Really looking forward to it! (edited) 10mo
marleed @janeycanuck oh I‘ll watch for your review! 10mo
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Christine
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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This book wastes no time in tackling tough stuff on the individual, family, and societal levels and never lets up. But it‘s also super readable because of the beautifully drawn characters. I loved their story and thought it flowed really nicely, even as I was sometimes stopped in my tracks by memorable lines like “She wore concern on her face like foundation.” (Also the most moving audiobook acknowledgments section I‘ve ever heard!)

Hooked_on_books I thought this was wonderful! And I agree about the arresting sentences. Such incredible writing! I loved all the characters but really loved August. 10mo
Christine @Hooked_on_books Yes! August - ❤️. I would love to know what the future holds for each of the characters! 10mo
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BookwormM
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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#Netgally #ARC #Memphis

This ARC was provided by John Murray Press

In some ways this is a great story of girl power in others it is a painful exploration of race relations in the US from 1943 to 2003.

For a debut novel this one really packs a punch and it does make you think about what it meant and what it still does mean to be a black woman in the US.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/05/28/memphis-by-tara-m-stringfellow/

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marleed
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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These three generations of women with their lives centered in Douglass, Memphis, Tennessee felt so real to me. Not a spoiler here - I can‘t imagine the dynamics of my family if our patriarch was murdered because his peers believed he had no right to be that peer.

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MicheleinPhilly
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Favorite book I‘ve read so far this year. Full stop.

TrishB What a recommendation! 10mo
merelybookish Stacked! 10mo
LiteraryinLawrence Wow, that‘s really saying something! 10mo
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Cathythoughts Well that‘s a stack. 10mo
KristiAhlers I‘ve been finding her book club books have been solid choices 10mo
MicheleinPhilly @KristiAhlers She really has excellent taste! 10mo
squirrelbrain Oh, now I‘m cross! I picked this up in several bookshops today, but didn‘t buy it…. 🤷‍♀️ 10mo
EvieBee ❤️ 10mo
marleed I just finished it, as well - so good! 10mo
MicheleinPhilly @squirrelbrain Well now you must go back! 10mo
Megabooks Loved this too! 10mo
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BeaG
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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#ThoughtfulThursday @MoonWitch94 Thanks for the tag @Enchanted_Bibliophile
💠Memphis by Tara M. Springfellow
💠Audiobook
💠⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tagging @ItsAnotherJen @HOTPock3tt @WorldsOkayestStepMom
💠I do, but not all books.

Enchanted_Bibliophile You're welcome 10mo
MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 📚☺️ 10mo
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Hooked_on_books
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Memphis follows three generations of women in the North family through traumas and joys, building their relationships and community in a way that‘s just so well done. The writing and characters are fantastic and the emotional pacing is so spot-on that it‘s hard to believe this is a debut. I do feel it lost a little strength at the end, but overall, this book is phenomenal!

Leftcoastzen 🐶👏 10mo
MicheleinPhilly I‘m reading this now and absolutely loving it. 10mo
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MicheleinPhilly
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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❤️

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Julsmarshall
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Celebrated #independentbookstoreday at my happy place and favorite #bookstore @larkandowlbooksellers in Georgetown,Texas.

LeahBergen Lovely! 11mo
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Zuhkeeyah
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Memphis is an ode to family and to a city. The street names have as much importance as the people who live and love on that street. The streets define what is home for the North sisters. You bounce between multiple generations to gain the full history that gives the women in the North family their gifts. This story celebrates the strength of Black women, the resilience of the Black community, and what family can do when they stand together.

Nute I never see this in the bookstore. I guess that I will have to order it. I can‘t wait to read it! 11mo
Zuhkeeyah @Nute I‘m surprised it‘s not on the shelves. It‘s this months GMA pick. 11mo
Nute Maybe the available copies in my bookstore are being purchased. That‘s good news for the author!🤗 I‘ll check again today and order if need to. Nice review! 11mo
Zuhkeeyah @Nute Thank you! ☺️ 11mo
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janeycanuck
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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The ending didn‘t quite stick for me but books like this are why I read.

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Megabooks
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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This novel follows three generations of Black women living in a house in Memphis. Tara wrote an amazing debut with compelling characters. Highly recommend!

Hazel‘s husband built the house, and she brought up her daughters, Miriam and August, there. After Hazel dies, Miriam and her two daughters return to the family home where August is living with her troubled son. The story is nonlinear and checks in with each woman at pivotal life moments.

Megabooks @Cinfhen I think you‘d love this one, and the #audiobook is great! 11mo
Cinfhen If it doesn‘t appear on #Scribd soon I‘m definitely using an Audible credit xxx 11mo
Jess Nice. I‘m glad you liked it. I just started it today. 11mo
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BooksNBowls I can‘t wait to read this one! My hometown! 💙💙💙 11mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen 👍🏻👍🏻 sometimes you‘ve said the book club picks show up a month or two after they‘re picked so maybe it put it on your wishlist but wait a week or two. 11mo
Megabooks @Jess I hope you enjoy it! 11mo
Megabooks @BooksNBowls Memphis has been fantastic when I‘ve visited. Great city. 😀😀 11mo
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wallacereads
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Unfolding over 70 years; this is a story about the North women. I absolutely loved this novel. It is beautifully written. It is heartbreaking, but it succeeds in celebrating the beauty, strength and resilience of black women. This is a must read. Thanks to NetGalley and Random House for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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ErikasMindfulShelf
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Put this one on your tbr!! Publishing date April 4th.
I absolutely loved this novel! It‘s about three generations of women and their lives and hardships in Memphis, Tennessee. Each chapter is a different point in time. The North women are strong and loving and I already miss them. Beautifully written.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the advance copy.

marleed I saw a prediction this morning that this is Jenna Bush Hager‘s May bookclub pick which is a great way to give attention to a book! 12mo
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Mpcacher
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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This was a wonderful novel featuring several strong black female characters, inspired by incidents and people in the author's own life. It is about racism, family, sisters, forgiveness, abuse and strength. The characters were wonderfully developed and I really enjoyed the story. It weaves through many timelines as it reveals the history of the older characters in the story, but it does it very well. I gave it 4.5/5.

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everlocalwest
Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Memphis pulled my heart from my chest and before replacing it made sure to remind me that a good bit would always belong to my sister. Stringfellow, a poet, has written a devastating debut about the making of Black women, showcasing Black women as the backbone of family and community. As three generations of women make their way through this world Memphis gives us a glimpse of their becoming, with all the love and pain they inherit and inhabit.

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