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Leaving Atlanta
Leaving Atlanta | Tayari Jones
13 posts | 9 read | 1 reading | 18 to read
An award-winning author makes her fiction debut with this coming-of-age story of three young black children set against the backdrop of the Atlanta child murders of 1979.
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RosieBoo65
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In the summer of 1979 there were 20 or so African American children in Atlanta snatched and murdered. This was known as The Atlanta Child Murders. I knew nothing of this tragic event and this novel viewed that time through the eyes of the children touched by their friends‘ deaths and living life always on guard.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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After reading An American Marriage and meeting Tayari Jones, I feel like these will be #mykindofbooks ❤️💗

#DiverseSpines

Andrew65 After An American Marriage I too need to read these! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Andrew65 maybe I‘ll get to them someday 😳😫🙌🏻☺️ 1y
emilyhaldi Yes!! I felt the same way and finished Silver Sparrow within a couple weeks of American Marriage- I loved both. I have The Untelling in my tbr stack too and really looking forward to it! 1y
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ephemeralwaltz Fun! I still need to read An American Marriage. 1y
daena Right there with you both @Andrew65 and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks . An American Marriage left me craving more of her work. 1y
MicheleinPhilly Silver Sparrow is phenomenal! 1y
Weaponxgirl I need to get to this author 1y
Andrew65 @Weaponxgirl You do. An American Marriage was a great audiobook. @ephemeralwaltz (edited) 1y
Andrew65 @MicheleinPhilly Ok, will be the next one of hers I read, I have just asked the library to buy it. (edited) 1y
BarbaraBB I think Silver Sparrow is even better than An American Marriage. Haven‘t read this one though. 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @daena 🙌🏻🙌🏻 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @MicheleinPhilly can‘t wait to get to it!! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @BarbaraBB so many so little time!! 1y
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Hooked_on_books
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Well, I threw any and all self-control straight out the window and just went hog wild at the Friends of the Library sale in Portland yesterday. And again today. 😬 I‘m delighted with my haul. Now to figure out where to put them all.

DivineDiana Fantastic!!! That‘s always the problem! 😉 2y
Dolly Great haul! 2y
wanderinglynn What a fantastic haul! 2y
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AmyG Some favorites in that haul. 🙌🏻 2y
Eyelit 🤩 that‘s amazing! 2y
Soubhiville At those prices why hold back? At least that‘s what I always tell myself! 2y
MicheleinPhilly What a haul! 😍 2y
Hooked_on_books @Soubhiville Hey, whatever excuse works, right? 😉😂 I rarely have to talk myself into buying more books. If you don‘t already have it, I‘ll probably send D‘Arc your way after I read it. 2y
LiteraryinLititz So many great books! 2y
Soubhiville Yay! I haven‘t gotten D‘Arc yet! I‘d love that, thanks! 2y
Dragon Great Haul! 👍🐉 2y
mrozzz Ha! Wow! 👏🏻👌🏻😄 2y
Hooked_on_books @Soubhiville You‘re welcome! I was (partly) thinking of you when I grabbed it. Mort(e) was a lot of fun and kind of 🍌👖, so I expect more of that here. 2y
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Liatrek
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Reading this book from the view point of three different fifth graders during a time in Atlanta when children were being abducted and murder was really fascinating way to tell this story. I was born in the 80s but never knew this happen. This is the second book Ive read of Tayari and I look forward to reading more of her work.

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Liatrek
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Never have books delivered to your job it will only result in lost productivity 😊 This is really good and I‘m getting flash backs to my own childhood.

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Well-ReadNeck
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I‘m completely hooked on this podcast!!! #podcast

BekahB This one is so good! I‘d heard of this case, but I hadn‘t heard all of the details. It‘s hard waiting for a new episode each week. 2y
emilyhaldi My husband predicts this will be the next Serial, so I'm dying to listen! 2y
Kaye I need to listen to this sometime. I remember when these were taking place and when he was caught. All I know are the basic facts. I‘m just guessing Serial won‘t do this one since someone else has done a podcast devoted wholly to this case. They‘ll probably pick one less well known. 2y
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Jess Just downloaded this. Thanks for the recommendation. 2y
ReadingSusan I like the podcast but it could do with a bit tighter editing. Episode 5 was way too full of filler. I had never heard of these cases before even though I was born in Atlanta. It was a few years before I was born. I would think it was strange that I had never heard of them except it‘s pretty obvious why 😢😢 2y
InLibrisVeritas I've listened to about half of what's out so far and it's really good. I was born after it happened and had no clue about it, but I do remember the "do you know where your children are?" Sign off on the news. I had clue it had a root in something like this. 2y
Bianca @ReadingSusan Agree with you on the need for tighter editing. 2y
cathysaid Did you live here during Williams' reign of terror? It was mass hysteria. 2y
Kappadeemom I love it too. I have a sorority sister that when we were in college, her dad wrote a book about this case (1980‘s). He was in the APD and has said all along that Wayne didn‘t do this or at least all of them. I want to read the book now that I‘ve listened to the podcast. The book is called The List by Cher Dettlinger 2y
Kappadeemom *Chet not Cher 😂 2y
KathyWheeler There‘s also this book that‘s about the Atlanta murders that I have had for a long time and keep meaning to read — I love the title: 2y
Well-ReadNeck @Kappadeemom @KathyWheeler Thanks for the book recs, stacking them now!! @cathysaid I grew up in The tip of Virginia, about 5 hours away. But, I was the exact age of these kids and remember how scary it was and on the news. 2y
Kappadeemom I lived in South Georgia and was a teenager in the 80‘s and remember how it was scary to anyone really around the area because we had no idea why it was happening. I was also quite naive. Looking back, I can totally see how some of these kids could have been murdered by KKK or by some child molester. It was very interesting to talk to Mr. Dettlinger, who had an inside view of what really happened. 2y
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Well-ReadNeck
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#BookHaul

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Brooke_H
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This podcast is a good pairing with the novel Leaving Atlanta by Tayari Jones. I recommend both!

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Brooke_H
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I knew nothing about the Atlanta child murders of 1979-1981. Learning about them for the first time through the eyes of three fifth graders living through this horrifying event was perfectly moving. Jones's deceptively simple writing style made this a very fast read for me. It wasn't until I closed the book that the impact of what I had finished really affected me. And I went running for the Google, which was not the best idea.

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brookerhi
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December 17: #favediversereads I really enjoyed “Leaving Atlanta” about the Atlanta Child Murders. I‘m especially excited to listen to the “Atlanta Monsters” podcast coming out on the same subject. And most of all, I love my #Pusheen my girls got me for #friendsmas2017 ❤️🎄#allthebooksdec #decinbooks17 #weneeddiversebooks

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rebeccagent
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I was reading this novel about African American children going missing / being kidnapped / being killed in Atlanta while there was underreported news of Black girls missing around D.C. It made reading the novel harder and even more important. This book has been sitting on my shelves for years. What made me pick it up just then? Reading fiction builds bridges, enhances empathy, makes us better.

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MallenNC
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Day 15: Reading diversely is something that is important to me. Here are some of the books from my shelves. Some of the newer ones are TBR. #WeNeedDiverseBooks #SeasonsReadings2016

@RealLifeReading

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LiteraryinLititz
Leaving Atlanta | Tayari Jones

I'm actually just arriving in Atlanta, not leaving! Anyone else attending the NCTE conference? I'm geeking out over getting to see authors like Sharon Draper, Ta-Nehesi Coates, Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Sharon Creech, S. E. Hinton, and others. And hear cool presentations about teaching English. If anyone else is here, I'd love to meet up!

LiteraryinLititz And can't forget Laurie Halse Anderson. I'm sure I'm leaving out some... 3y
Theresa I'm not going to be there but it looks amazing! Have fun!! 3y
BookishMarginalia Wish I were going too! Maybe next year (fingers crossed!) 3y
Yellowpigeon I live here in Atlanta. Let me know if you need any recommendations, book stores or otherwise 3y
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