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Horse: A Novel | Geraldine Brooks
A discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history: from these strands, a Pulitzer Prize winner braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history Kentucky, 1850. An enslaved groom named Jarret and a bay foal forge a bond of understanding that will carry the horse to record-setting victories across the South. When the nation erupts in civil war, an itinerant young artist who has made his name on paintings of the racehorse takes up arms for the Union. On a perilous night, he reunites with the stallion and his groom, very far from the glamor of any racetrack. New York City, 1954. Martha Jackson, a gallery owner celebrated for taking risks on edgy contemporary painters, becomes obsessed with a nineteenth-century equestrian oil painting of mysterious provenance. Washington, DC, 2019. Jess, a Smithsonian scientist from Australia, and Theo, a Nigerian-American art historian, find themselves unexpectedly connected through their shared interest in the horseone studying the stallions bones for clues to his power and endurance, the other uncovering the lost history of the unsung Black horsemen who were critical to his racing success. Based on the remarkable true story of the record-breaking thoroughbred, Lexington, who became Americas greatest stud sire, Horse is a gripping, multi-layered reckoning with the legacy of enslavement and racism in America.
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SanjanaGhosh
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Making the most of the daily commutes!

This was such a delightful read, had no idea this was based on a real horse until the very end!

H for A to Z challenge!

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CrowCAH
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The author of the tagged book will be discussing with PBS Books her book Horse 🐴

January 31, 2024, 8pm

If you have a Facebook, here‘s the link to the event https://facebook.com/events/s/pbs-books-readers-club-horse-a/1552134388661481/

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Scochrane26
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Littens—I finally finished Horse!! After picking it for my church book club a few mths ago, I read about half, skimmed ahead a bit, & let my mom read it because our library didn‘t have enough copies.
I really enjoyed this story, esp since I live near Lexington, Ky. I learned new things about horse racing & the horse, Lexington. My book club have all been interested in learning more & need to go see the museum soon. #doublespin for October

Scochrane26 I got my mom to buy the NF book about Lexington for me for Christmas. 4mo
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HettyG
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I enjoyed learning what this book has to teach, I had no previously knowledge of this subject at all! I‘m looking forward to reading more of this author.

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BkClubCare
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🐎 📚 🏆

The novel Horse was selected for the 2023 Anisfield-Wolf Literary Award. Looking through prior year‘s winners reveals many excellent fiction experiences which I was excited to see I had read — and now am eager to read the ones I have still on my yet-to-read list.

The audiobook for Horse was well done, probably due to having 4 narrators involved. I thought the interwoven storylines, across decades, involving art 🖼️ history & ⬇️

BkClubCare Horse anatomy and medicine, interestingly enough, was amazing. I was struck. Totally impressive historical fiction. And includes important reminders that we have much to learn about race and human respect. This isn‘t politics; it‘s decency. (edited) 6mo
Suet624 Thank you for link to the awards. I had never heard of this group. 5mo
BkClubCare @Suet624 - me, neither! I enjoyed learning more about it. 5mo
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BarbaraJean
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This is the second book I've read by Geraldine Brooks, and it won't be the last! I'm impressed by how she weaves together several storylines, both historical and present day, bringing together common themes and making topics I'm not that interested in completely fascinating. Horse racing in the antebellum South is not a topic that prompts me to pick up a book (which is one reason this languished in my Libby queue for so long)… ⤵️

BarbaraJean (Cont‘d)…but this pulled me in and I grew to care deeply about the characters she draws here. The multiple storylines, even the more minor threads, still feature a depth of detail and characterization that's compelling. (This is from my #AuldLangSpine list from @Karisimo - I‘m still pulling great reads from your picks!) 6mo
BkClubCare Horse is my 4th book by Brooks and I highly rec The Year of Wonders. She‘s terrific. 6mo
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BarbaraJean
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“We suffered enough on account of slavery already. I don‘t plan on laying my life down to end it. You folk who made this mess, I reckon you owe us to clean it up.”

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BkClubCare
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On a Labor Day 2023 Road Trip! #KansasMissouri Just finished #BookClub book: Going Zero, starting Horse for #ToFavorites2023

tpixie Safe driving! 6mo
BkClubCare @tpixie - thank you. Your affirmation worked! We are back home safe & sound. 🙏 6mo
tpixie @BkClubCare perfect! ( I live in Hutchinson KS!) (edited) 6mo
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BkClubCare @tpixie - Did I know that?! I know one of the Littens I follow is in Lawrence (whom?!) and @marleed is in KC. Sounds like LitsyMeetup in our future? I‘m game. 6mo
tpixie @BkClubCare sounds like a great idea! We did have a meet up in KC years ago at a library. I‘m not certain how many people are still active but I may have an old list. @Daisey is outside of KC, MO 6mo
Daisey @tpixie @BkClubCare I love the idea of another KC Litsy meet up! 6mo
tpixie @Daisey 🌺 6mo
tpixie We used #KCLitsyMeetUp It was 5 years ago! 6mo
BkClubCare @tpixie @Daisey - I was in RI 5 years ago; my excuse. This time? 🥴 I always love the idea but truthfully have commitment issues. How do we make it happen? 6mo
tpixie @BkClubCare I‘m going out of town the middle of next week for about 10 days. If I get a chance before hand, I‘ll round up a list of attendees to tag to see who all may want to come. The trick will be trying to figure out where to do it in Kansas City. I‘ve got a bunch of birthdays in October so it have to be early November before the holidays or sometime after. (edited) 6mo
BkClubCare @tpixie - yes, my November is full already! Let‘s ease into a 2024 idea? 💡 6mo
tpixie @BkClubCare maybe Spring 2024- better driving weather! 6mo
tpixie @BkClubCare yes!! ( I don‘t know how I missed this response!) 5mo
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Sresendez12
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Listening to the ocean while reading a book. There‘s truly nothing better

Soubhiville Heaven! 6mo
wanderinglynn Lovely! 🌊 6mo
ShelleyBooksie Beautiful 6mo
SassyBookworm Best place to read! 😎🏖️ 6mo
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mom_of_4
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Reading this for a book club. So far its interesting.

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Judybskt
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1. Tagged
2. I started a book of short stories in February 2021 that I‘m still reading.
3. My family

@Eggs #wondrouswednesday

Eggs 🩷💜💙 7mo
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HeatherBookNerd
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Mehso-so

Unpopular opinion here, but I have mixed feelings. Obviously a lot of excellent research and interesting ideas here with horse racing, race, and science, etc. but it was so ridiculously long-winded, the ending was wrapped up clumsily and hastily, and the race issues were presented with so little nuance. Just felt like I should be wowed, and I just wasn‘t.

lisakoby Not her best. People of the Book was very good though. 8mo
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bookandbedandtea
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I'm a bit late to this party (as usual!) but here are my best books of the year so far. #2023readingbracket
May vs June was pretty must a toss up between TMTSOT&L and Swan Light.

dabbe It's never too late to share your books! 🤩😍🤗 8mo
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OutAndAbout
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A story of a boy & his horse, laced with historical facts, tinged with racial tension, & complemented by strong characters. The weaving together of different factual events - a painting recovered from the curb, the rediscovery of a horses skeleton, the death from a car wreck of a famous painter - all so skillfully researched & embellished. From the afterword, “this novel could not merely be about a racehorse, it would also need to be about race.”

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DivineDiana
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A beautifully written story of the real life race horse, Lexington and his relationship with his groomer, trainer and best friend, Jarrett, a Black slave in the South. This is a painting of the record-breaking thoroughbred that is at the Smithsonian Institution, painted by Thomas J. Scott in 1857. Well researched, the author moves between the past and modern times to tell how racism was a part of horse racing and how it continues in America now.

Suet624 I love books like this. I‘d already stacked it but your review would have inspired to. 8mo
DivineDiana @Suet624 As do I! Geraldine Brooks is a favorite author. I hope you are able to read it soon! ❤️ 8mo
Traceymclean It's on my list too! Thanks for the review. 8mo
DivineDiana @Traceymclean Great! I hope you enjoy it! ❤️ 8mo
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rebbyj
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Great story. Shit ending

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PaperbackPirate
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This week I read Horse. This historical fiction novel weaves important American horse racing history together with a story of devotion and love while addressing race and racism. This was my first by Brooks and I will definitely be reading more by her.
🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎
📚 Book 2/14 for #14Books14Weeks2023
🐎 Enjoy the Belmont Stakes today if you‘re watching!
🐴 Photo taken last weekend with a bronze sculpture called War Pony by Allan Houser.

PaperbackPirate Thank you for the recommendation @megnews ! 📚 9mo
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DivineDiana
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Three chapters in and already falling under the spell of this exquisite writing. Wishing that I could just read all day.

GatheringBooks I feel the exact same sentiment: the wish to read all day. 💕💕💕 9mo
Crazeedi I've been waiting to get my hands on this! 9mo
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DivineDiana @Crazeedi It‘s my IRL book club pick for next month. Some members felt it was next to impossible to get from the Library, but somehow I succeeded! 9mo
Crazeedi @DivineDiana my hold is like 16 weeks! 9mo
DivineDiana @Crazeedi I attended my Book Club meeting today ( the one before Horse) and the woman sitting next to me said it was a longer wait list for her. She decided to buy the Kindle book. (edited) 9mo
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Sarahreadstoomuch
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I had no idea what this was about, but I listened to it because it was so highly recommended. I also had never read Brooks before…. But woah. This was absolutely fascinating and so well written! I was nervous about multiple narrators, but it was so well handled…. And the research that had to have gone into this! I‘m blown away.

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TorieStorieS
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Wow!! I loved Brooks‘ past novels, but this one may be my favorite! Centered around Lexington, once considered to be the world‘s best racehorse, Brooks reveals the horse‘s life & legacy. 2019 tracks the rediscovery of the horse‘s skeleton & authentication of a junk-picked painting, the 1950s covers another painting in the hands of a collector & in the 1850s, the life of the horse. Heartbreaking & engaging- this is more than a story of a horse!

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Kshakal
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This book hooked me from the very first page and kept me hooked until the very last! Such a solid historical fiction book about a topic I know very little about! Highly recommend!!

JanuarieTimewalker13 Stacking!! 9mo
Sarahreadstoomuch Listening to this now…. And really enjoying it! 9mo
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Branwen
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Happy Friday, Litsy peeps! 🎉🎉🎉 I hope everyone has a fun and exciting bookish weekend to look forward to! 💕📚 I'm really happy to FINALLY be starting this one today! I love Geraldine Brooks (The People of the Book was SO GOOD!) and I'm finally ready to dive into this one! #catsoflitsy #chaplin

RaeLovesToRead Chapliiiiiiin 💕💕💕💕💕💕 10mo
jlhammar Happy Friday! I also love Geraldine Brooks. This was one of my favorite reads last year. Hope you enjoy! 10mo
Branwen @RaeLovesToRead Chaplin loves new books! 😻 @jlhammar Ooooh I'm so glad to hear that! I can't wait to sink my teeth into it! 😍💕 10mo
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Kshakal
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My reading buddy tonight! #catsoflitsy

wildwoodreads So pretty 😻 (edited) 10mo
dabbe Soooo sweet! 💙🐾💚 10mo
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Deblovestoread
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#TemptingTitles #WithHorse

I started it on audio shortly after it came out but got distracted. I want to try again.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Good luck 👍🏻 🐎 11mo
Eggs It does sound good 😊 🐎 💚 11mo
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Kshakal
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Eggs 💚💜🐎❤️🖤 11mo
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Karisimo
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A dual timeline historical fiction story about the people who actually worked with the horses in horse racing (not just the owners and jockeys). Geraldine Brooks is such a solid author!

#temptingtitles #withhorse @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Another one for Mount TBR !! 11mo
Karisimo @Eggs mount TBR 😂😂😂 11mo
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Cathyloves2read
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“Another book about horses?”I thought.I‘m glad I read this one.I really liked the “horse history”.I also appreciated most if the messages spoken in the pages.I‘ll be honest, it was a little bit too political for me at times, as my views are likely a bit different than the authors.But this didn‘t take away from the story. I loved discovering Lexington,and I really admired Jarret. Jarret was willing to give up everything for that horse, even freedom

CSeydel I thought the historical story was a lot more engaging than the present-day story, which felt forced and awkward. 11mo
Cathyloves2read I totally agree with you. It almost felt that the 2 stories were meant for different books. 11mo
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CSeydel
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This week‘s plans!
Keep plugging along in Dragon Reborn #serieslove2023
#chunksterchallenge2023
Read Redshirts #LMPBC
Make some progress in Horse for my irl book club
#weeklyforecast

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Christinak
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This is my bookclubs March pick.
This book had me completely hooked. Even though I know absolutely nothing about horses or horse racing and I could not read this fast enough to find out what was going to happen!

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TheSpineView
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This book is more than just a story about a famous and influential Thoroughbred stallion in the 19th century. It is a love story and a depiction of racism across two centuries. Fabulously researched and well written. A great story, rich in historical facts. A joy to read. Highly recommend even to you non-horsey Littens. 4.5 ⭐️

This is my second book completed for #MarchMadness @DieAReader @Andrew65 @GHABI4ROSES

Andrew65 Sounds fascinating. Well done 👏👏👏 12mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 12mo
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Hooked_on_books
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Based on a true champion racehorse, Horse delves into the story of Lexington, starting in 1850, and the modern day people uncovering his story and skeleton. Overall, I thought this was terrific and came together well, though I was a little disappointed with one plot point, which felt exploitative to me. #toblonglist

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BookMaven9
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🌟🌟A well researched book about racism and horse racing, Lexington and it‘s painter. However the characters were flat and uninteresting leaving me bored most of the time.

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Adventures-of-a-French-Reader
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Mehso-so

I found the story line about Lexington and Jarret very interesting, well-written, while the modern love story didn't convince me, I would have preferred it to remain a loveless enquiry about the painting...

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Judybskt
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I liked this but it took me forever to read it!

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Writeme
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What an amazing story! Spanning 170 years, Horse brings together the antebellum south, slavery, the civil war, the Smithsonian, art history, and modern racism in America - all through the life of one amazing thoroughbred. Brook‘s writing is amazing, and the structure is incredible. Riveting and fascinating.

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Judybskt
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💕Beatriz Williams
✨Tagged
💜Historical, racism, lush countryside

#wondrouswednesday
@Eggs

Eggs #1 - agreed!!! 13mo
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wen4blu
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I haven‘t read this author in years, but so many book friends have loved this one that I moved it to the top of my tbr.
#currentlyreading

jlhammar Great read - hope you enjoy! You are taking me back to my girlhood with that horse model. I loved collecting those. 13mo
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mjtwo
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24-31 Jan 22 (audiobook)
2022 Pulitzer Prize. This book had a lot to say about the continuing impact of slavery, racial profiling and the BLM movement, about the treatment of animals and horse racing industry and, perhaps even about the naive racism of Australians.
I have intended to read Brooks‘ books since the publication of March and will now ensure I do.
A great story well-written. Always a fan of parallel narratives when done well,

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Judybskt
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1. Tagged - only book; taking forever to read!

2. Bookclub - ended up missing the meeting.

@TheSpineView #two4tuesday

TheSpineView This book is on my list. Thanks for playing 13mo
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Bevita
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Spectacular. So many things to know about horse racing and the slaves who built the industry, and were then forced out of it in emancipation. Also, a true story about the horse Lexington. A masterpiece.

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Tamra
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This is an ambitious work which clearly involved significant research and a creative hand. I admire it, but as a reading experience the three timelines made it feel a bit choppy. I think the story would have been even better if Brooks had limited it to Lexington‘s lifetime. (Very likely I‘m in the minority with this opinion.)

Cathythoughts Sounds interesting… I think I‘ll try a sample first 👍🏻😁 14mo
Cathythoughts That‘s one good thing about Kindle , the sample offering 👍🏻 14mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts I even enjoyed the characters & storylines in the other time periods, but it felt like they could have stood alone. It‘s definitely still worth reading and you might feel differently because most have loved it! 🙂 14mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts oh gosh, how had I not thought of that??? 😳 14mo
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bookandbedandtea
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The year has just begun but I'm pretty sure when I look back this will be on my best of 2023 list. There are many brilliant characters both real & imagined: Jarret, Theo, Jess, the painter Thomas Scott, the gallerest Martha Jackson, Richard Ten Broeck, and of course, The Horse: Lexington. The story covers the history of horse racing (& the unacknowledged enslaved grooms, trainers, & jockeys who cared for the horses), the importance of racing ⬇️

bookandbedandtea ⬆️ and agriculture news even in cities, the horrors of war, the history of equestrian painting, and, in the present day storylines, art history, the preservation of historical artifacts, and the perils of being black in the US. This book covers a lot of ground and does it well. 14mo
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mcctrish
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September #12booksof2022 I had never heard of this book or author before my neighbour lent it to me. She said it was the best book her friend had read this year. It is AMAZING! I loved it so much I bought everything I could find by GB to read this year ( I am not obsessive at all 🤣🤣)

Johanna414 People of the Book is one of my all-time favorites! 1y
mcctrish @Johanna414 I have it ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
Andrew65 Sounds an excellent book. (edited) 1y
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Judybskt
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I should be wrapping gifts, going to the bank, cleaning, etc. Starting a new book instead! 🐴🐎🏇🎄❄️🎁

jlhammar I fully support that decision! Great book. Hope you enjoy! 1y
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Cortg
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I really enjoyed Horse! Brooks did an excellent job going back and forth between the time lines. I learned quite a bit from the 1850‘s storyline and the 2019 parts felt like a mystery as Theo and Jess uncover the story of the famous racehorse, Lexington. We had a great discussion at book club tonight 😊

Tamra I can‘t wait for my audio hold to come in for this one! 1y
Cortg @Tamra It‘s worth the wait! 1y
RebelReader This is on my group‘s to read list too, but we only select when the book comes out in paperback so hopefully we will be able to choose it soon! 1y
Cortg @RebelReader Smart! I had a book club before moving that did this! My group now pretty much all uses the library and since I work there, I‘ve taught them how to place holds in advance and freeze them. It‘s working pretty well! 1y
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britt_reads
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My last #bookhaul of the year. At least, that‘s what I keep telling myself. My physical tbr is out of control since I‘ve started school. I have this lovely community to thank for my sudden interest in the tagged, Fresh Water for Flowers, and Mad Honey. #LitsyMadeMeDoIt

CBee Fresh Water is one of my favorites of the year. I also just bought Mad Honey and another (March) by Geraldine Brooks. #greatminds 1y
Scochrane26 I bought Horse because of Litsy. Brooks was also at our book fair, & I felt I should meet her. 1y
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charl08
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Adding more books to the wishlist thanks to #Litsy mentions of the ToB23. The tagged book is one of the few I've already read.

https://themorningnews.org/article/the-year-in-fiction-2022

Kempfme I look forward to this list every year. 1y
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