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How to Say Babylon
How to Say Babylon | Safiya Sinclair
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youneverarrived
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If this wasn‘t shortlisted for the #womensprizeNF I wouldn‘t have been in a rush to read it but I‘m so glad it was as it‘s such a poignantly and beautifully written memoir. I loved listening to the author read her story herself. Brilliant 🖤 #nonfiction2024 (Born a Crime)

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This is a beautifully written memoir! I started reading the physical copy and immediately picked up a cadence, not realizing at first that Sinclair is a poet. I was recommended the audio as she reads the words herself and I ended up switching back and forth because her words are brilliant and I loved both reading the words and listening. I learned a lot about the Rastafarian lifestyle and beliefs and look forward to my book discussion tonight!

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vlwelser
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Today's book bestie got a trip to the beach.

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vlwelser
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Picked a new book bestie for today's commute.

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AnneCecilie
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#BookReport

I had an amazing reading week

I finished my listen of How to Say Babylon, and my reading of both The Battle for Spain and Daddy‘s Gone A-Hunting

I read Xiania and Dr. No

Sadly I had one DNF, Yellowface which just wasn‘t for me

I‘ve just started The Switch

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AnneCecilie
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#WeeklyForecast

I‘ve several books that I want to finish this week
I hope to have a good audio week and finish my listening of How to Say Babylon - I have 3 hrs left

I want to finish The Battle for Spain

I‘m going to go finish Daddy‘s Gone A-Hunting today

I want to read Xiania 1 which I is the 1st book in a new series

I will hopefully get a start on Yellowface, I‘ve had this book out several times and it‘s time to find out if it‘s for me

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AnneCecilie
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#BookReport

I continued my listening of How to Say Babylon and continued reading The Battle for Spain

I finished Winter in Madrid and read Dominoes

I‘ve started Daddy‘s Gone A-Hunting

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jploves2read
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I‘ve been in a reading slump lately. Let‘s see if this book, which is one of my favorite genres, can pull me out of it. 🙂

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AnneCecilie
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#WeeklyForecast

Continue listening to How to Say Babylon and reading The Battle of Spain

I want to finish Winter in Madrid

Then I‘ll start Dominoes and hopefully I‘ll get a start on Daddy‘s Gone A-Hunting

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AnneCecilie
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#BookReport

I continued my listening of How to Say Babylon and the reading of The Battle for Spain

I read The Clue in the Library

I‘m currently reading Winter in Madrid

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SamAnne
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One of the best memoirs I‘ve read in a long time. Sinclair tells her story of growing up in Jamaica under an increasingly abusive Rastafarian father and difficult circumstances. Her tenacity, poetry, writing and her mother forged her escape. I knew nothing of the founding and tenets of the Rasta religion before reading this memoir.

Graywacke So nice to see this. I adored it too. She‘s quite a special reader. (edited) 1mo
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AnneCecilie
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#WeeklyForecast

I want to continue listening to How to Say Babylon

I want to continue reading The Battle for Spain #Spain #foodandlit, right now I‘m confused there‘s so many different fractions involved

I‘m going to read The Clue in the Library #NancyDrewBR today

I hope to get far into Winter in Madrid another #Spain #foodandlit read

Librarybelle My plan is to start the #NancyDrewBR today too! 1mo
Sace Battle for Spain has been on my shelf forever. One day I‘ll eventually read it. 1mo
AnneCecilie @Sace Mine too, apparently I bought it back in 2009 1mo
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AnneCecilie
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#BookReport

I listened to a little bit more of How to Say Babylon

I finished Dobbelganger and started a new nonfiction book, The Battle for Spain #Spain #foodandlit

I finished The Quiet Tenant and read Nervous Conditions.
And with some intensive reading I hope to finish I Have Some Questions for You today

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This book made me wonder why I don‘t read memoirs more often. It was very good. I learned a lot about the Rastafarian way of life. I was surprised by some of what I learned. Before this book, I didn‘t know what the term Babylon meant to the Rasta‘s. I know now, and it‘s not good. Safiya had to endure a tough life under her father‘s rule. I listened to the audio version which was narrated by the author. I highly recommend this book.

Amor4Libros One of my top reads last year. Agree! 1mo
SamAnne Loved this one and learned much I didn‘t know. And such admiration for the tenacious author. 1mo
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AnneCecilie
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#WeeklyForecast

Continue my Women‘s Prize for nonfiction reads; How to Say Babylon and Dobbelganger. I might even finish Doppelganger

I‘ve 3 books that‘s due back at the library on the 12th:
The Quiet Tenant which I‘m about halfway into and had to stop reading last night because it got to scary. Yes, I scare easily
Nervous Conditions that I‘ve wanted to read since I read her essay collection and my May #BookSpin
I Have Some Questions for You

AnneCecilie It‘s Ascension on Thursday and I have Friday of work, so more reading time this week. So hopefully I‘ll get to everything 2mo
Ruthiella I thought Nervous Conditions was outstanding. I hope you like it! 2mo
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AnneCecilie
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#BookReport

I kept up with my to shortlisted Women‘s Prize for nonfiction books, How to Say Babylon and Dobbelganger

I finished Forgotten on a Sunday

I read North Woods

I‘ve just started The Quiet Tenant

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April Reads.

5🌟
How to Say Babylon: Safiya Sinclair 🎧
4🌟
Martyr!: Kaveh Akbar 🎧
The Adversary: Michael Crummey 🎧
2 🌟
The Blue, Beautiful World: Karen Lord 📖
#womensprizeforfiction
#womensprizefornonfiction

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AnneCecilie
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#WeeklyForcast

I‘ve just started Dobbelganger and want to continue that. I also want to continue my listening of How to Say Babylon

I‘m currently also reading Forgotten on a Sunday and want to finish that. And then I hope to read, or at least almost finish, North Woods

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AnneCecilie
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#BookReport

I finished The Redemption of Galen Pike and Restless Dolly Maunder

I read A Love Song for Ricki Wilde and Monstress vol 8

I continued listening to How to Say Babylon

I even managed to get a start on Forgotten on a Sunday

So I‘m vey happy about my reading this week

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Author Safiya Sinclair reflects on growing up in Jamaica with a Rastafarian father who became abusive and how poetry saved her. This has everything I love about memoirs, teaching me about another's experience and drawing the reader in like a confidant.

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5 🌟. Outstanding memoir of a poet that grew up in Jamaica. I learned a great deal from this well crafted work. The audio book is read by the author and was great. Read this book! #womensprizefornonfiction

ChaoticMissAdventures I found a lot more hits on this years Nonfiction long list than the fiction one! This was so good. 2mo
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AnneCecilie
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#WeeklyForecast

I want to continue with the listening of How to Say Babylon.

I just read the first story in The Redemption of Galen Pike and it didn‘t go the way I thought, so I‘m looking forward to more stories in this collection

I‘m about halfway into Restless Dolly Maunder and expect to finish it today

Then I want to read A Long Song for Ricki Wilde

And hopefully I also get to start Monstress vol 8

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AnneCecilie
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#BookReport

I continued with both Thunderclap and the audio of How to Say Babylon

I finished Enter Ghost
I read The Strangeworlds Travel Agency The Edge of the Ocean and Sweet Desserts

I‘ve started Restless Dolly Maunder

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AnneCecilie
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#WeeklyForecast

Continue with both Thunerclap and the audio How to Say Babylon. Both from The Women‘s Prize for Nonfiction Shortlist

I want to finish Enter Ghost, read The Strangeworlds Travel Agency The Edge of the Ocean and hopefully get a start on Sweet Desserts

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AnneCecilie
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#BookReport

I had a great reading week probably due to no plans after work and I had yesterday day off work

So I finished Brotherless Night and The Emperor of Rome. Both amazing reads

I read The Wren, the Wren; Soldier Sailor and The Stories at the Red Gate Farm

I continued listening to How to Say Babylon

I‘m currently reading Enter Ghost and Thunderclap

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AnneCecilie
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#WeeklyForecast

I want to continue reading The Emperor of Rome

Then the rest of my reading is very Women‘s Prize heavy.
I want to finish Brotherless Night
I want to read The Wren, the Wren
I want to hopefully get a start on Soldier Sailor

I also want to listen to How to say Babylon

squirrelbrain I loved Babylon on audio. 2mo
AnneCecilie @squirrelbrain I‘m getting into it now. I‘m a really slow audio listener. 2mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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4.5⭐
Safiya is gorgeous - her name, her face, her writing. I learned so much from her biography. Rastafari is not a well known culture in my area. It makes sense that it was created in the 1930s, I just didn't realize how frowned upon it is in Jamaica. Reggae gives us such a different view outside of the area. An intense patriarchy religion with a lot of isolation. Safiya gives her story of breaking free. Fantastically written I enjoyed this.

ChaoticMissAdventures Women's Prize For Nonfiction Short Listed 2024 3mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Would recommend this for people who enjoyed books like 3mo
Deblovestoread Great review! Stacked 3mo
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I know this is not the point, and I am learning so much about Rastafari. But I keep looking at how gorgeous Safiya Sinclair is and how much I love her name! I might have a bit of a crush. Her writing is beautiful too.

Amor4Libros One of my favorite books of 2023! I learned so much, too! 3mo
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AnneCecilie
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#WeeklyForecast

Continue my audio How to Say Babylon and to continue my reading of Emperor of Rome

I want to finish The Silent Death

I‘m going to an event with Andrew McMillan on Wednesday and hope to get a start on Pity before that, otherwise I‘ll just read it afterwards

I also hope to get back to some Women‘s Prize for Fiction reading again and get a start on Brotherless Night

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AnneCecilie
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#BookReport

I‘ve finished Physical, Ordinary Human Failings and Wifedom

I read the latest Markund and Holt

I‘m currently reading The Silent Death and The Emperor of Rome. I also discovered the tagged as an audio at my audiobook service so I‘ve just started listening to it

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Graywacke
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A treasure highlighted by the Women‘s Nonfiction Prize longlist. This is a memoir of a difficult impoverished childhood in Jamaica with a domineering Rastafarian father who becomes abusive. It‘s, first, gorgeous, with a poetic prose throughout (brought out especially on audio), but also intense and fascinating. Recommended!

squirrelbrain Great review! One of my favourites from the list. 3mo
Cathythoughts Nice review, stacked 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
Graywacke @squirrelbrain thanks. It‘s all i‘ve been able to get to, but I‘m interested in others. The library lent me Wifedom 3mo
Graywacke @Cathythoughts yay! Hope you can get to it. 3mo
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Librarybelle Good to know…I have this on my list yo read for the women‘s prize NF. 3mo
Hooked_on_books I‘ve heard this is an amazing book. But the abuse bit is why I won‘t be reading it. But I‘m really glad so many people are appreciating it! 3mo
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BarbaraBB You finished it! 👍🏽 3mo
Kristy_K Good to know about the content warnings. I‘m on the fence about this one b/c sometimes that becomes too much for me. (edited) 3mo
jenniferw88 @Kristy_K, it's probably not for you then, as although I wasn't triggered, it definitely could for some people - I did find myself pausing it just after the tougher parts. I'm also pretty sure I've missed some triggers, but I think I've got the majority of the main ones listed here. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 3mo
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squirrelbrain
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This is my favourite so far from the #womensprizeNF long list (even though I‘ve only read 4! 🙂)

The author grew up in a Rastafarian family in Jamaica, and I was surprised to learn about how strict the religion can be, as well as the views on women and girls.

Safiya is a poet and that really shows in her writing, and I loved her narrating the audio herself. She certainly has a huge capacity for forgiveness, after all that she went through.

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 4mo
sarahbarnes I‘m impressed at all your NF reads! 😍 4mo
youneverarrived You‘re getting through them 😁 4mo
Graywacke ❤️ I‘m totally in its spell now. 4mo
squirrelbrain @sarahbarnes @youneverarrived - only 4 so far, and I‘ve started a few others, but of course there‘s the Fiction long list next week! 🤯 4mo
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Safiya Sinclair is a brave human to revisit the traumas of her youth. Her father was a strict Rastafarian who hated all things Babylon (aka the modern world) and believed women could never be as pure as men (bleh). Despite all of the restrictions that kept Safiya under her father‘s control, she obtained scholarships to the best schools and wrote herself to freedom with her poetry. Fantastic memoir.

January #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 4mo
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I was so glad that I was reading the last half of this in the safety of my house because this book had me feeling so many emotions! If you‘re a sucker for strong female leads that overcame insane obstacles, this book is for you. #nonfiction #feminism #safiyasinclair #motivational #memoir

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My week in reading. I finished Pearl, Edith Wharton‘s The Mother‘s Recompense (1925), Hemingway and Faulkner in Their Time (2005), and, yesterday, the terrific White Teeth by Zadie Smith (2000). Chaucer continues (on The Pardoner‘s Tale), and I‘ve started Penelope Lively‘s memoir at 80, Ammonites and Leaping Fish (2013), an intriguing and poetic memoir, How to Say Babylon (2023) by Jamaican-born Safiya Sinclair 👇

Graywacke 👆 and i‘m sort of trying Paganism in the Roman Empire (1981). Except that last one, all good stuff. (edited) 4mo
BarbaraBB Such a productive week 🙏 4mo
Graywacke @BarbaraBB I finished a lot this week. 🙂 4mo
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"Behind the veil of trees, night's voices shimmered."

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

Starting this one from the #WomensPrizeNonFiction long list.

squirrelbrain I‘m listening to this (it‘s loooong - about 17 hours I think). I‘m about 1/4 of the way through and really liking it - it‘s very poetic. I think her life may just be starting to get tough. The author reads it herself and I love her voice. 4mo
vivastory I am really interested in this one. What I have heard about it has intrigued me. 4mo
TheKidUpstairs @squirrelbrain I was hoping to listen, but couldn't find the audio to borrow, it seems like the rhythms would work really well on audio. I'm surprised it's that long! The book is only just over 300 pages. 4mo
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TheKidUpstairs @vivastory I've only just started, but she writes beautifully. So far so good! 4mo
squirrelbrain I thought that was weird too, as the book doesn‘t look huge compared to some others on the list. I‘m wondering if there is some bonus material… I‘ll let you know when I get to the end. 4mo
Graywacke @TheKidUpstairs @squirrelbrain I just started listening yesterday 4mo
squirrelbrain @Graywacke - I‘m about 3/4 of the way through on audio - love the author reading it herself. 4mo
Graywacke @squirrelbrain quite stunning and beautiful. I‘m only an hour in. 4mo
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Currently listening 🎧
This was on my tbr anyway so when I saw it had been nominated for the women‘s prize for non fiction I thought I would bring it forward. Very much liking the tone and voice in this memoir
I have another 10 marked off from the nominees I would like to read but I think that may be a little ambitious 😂
Are there any that you want to read?

charl08 All of them! 🤣 4mo
rmaclean4 I am reading All That She Carried. Would love to reD them all! 4mo
Cazxxx @charl08 very ambitious 😂 4mo
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Cazxxx @rmaclean4 How is that one? It‘s high up on my wtr 4mo
ChaoticMissAdventures This was on my library hold list before the announcement too! Luckily b/c the hold here is long, I still have 7 weeks to wait 😳 I hope you enjoy! 4mo
rmaclean4 @Cazxxx informative, it is brutal history. Well written. 4mo
Cazxxx @ChaoticMissAdventures Hopefully you might get it sooner! I‘m really liking this so far. My library doesn‘t have a single book on the longlist which is disappointing 4mo
Cazxxx @rmaclean4 Thank you ☺️ I really want to read this but I think it may break my heart 4mo
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Zuhkeeyah
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#motivationalmonday @Cupcake12

1. I hope to finally finish putting together my ikea dresser
2. How To Say Babylon
3. Cheerful and sarcastic

Consider yourself tagged!

Cupcake12 Thank you for joining in. Good luck with the dresser x 5mo
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AprilMae
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Today's book haul!! Girl Math is when you use a gift card and B&N rewards points it means the books are free right?

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Floresj
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f you liked Educated, you‘ll like this. Sinclair is a poet- and you know it as you read her memoir. Excellent memoir depicting her dysfunctional family, education and intelligence as an escape hatch, and page turning events. I have a few minor complaints, but overall, this is deserving to get the press it‘s getting.

Christine I keep not getting to this one, but your review encourages me to fix that! 6mo
Tamra I‘m so anxious to get to this one! 6mo
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Evita
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5 out of 5

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⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Safiya Sinclair‘s written words and spoken voice are both lyrical and beautiful, which often made listening to the audiobook feel like experiencing spoken poetry. It did feel like it lagged a little at times, but this is an empowering and moving memoir that will likely inspire and resonate with a lot of people, especially women. 🎧

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My stomach flip-flops when I read the devastation brought on a child because of their parent‘s radicalized faith. And once again it is the opportunity for education that frees a child to become. I knew nothing about what it means to be Rastafarian and found this interesting. …I did think the last part of the book took an odd turn from her personal story to her thoughts on current America.

ChaoticMissAdventures Sad, but so interesting how every faith can be twisted into radicalization to harm people. When I think of Rasta I think immediately of the Marley family and “One Love“ light. Which I know that family had/has many problems itself, but from a glance it is all Love and Weed. I didn't realize the religions stance on death/dying until I read 8mo
Megabooks This broke my heart to the point where I had to bail. A terrible story I just couldn‘t deal with. I‘m glad she made it through though. I bailed at 56%. 8mo
marleed @ChaoticMissAdventures Oh thanks, I just stacked your book. I think I owe it to Rastafarians to read a story of their faith that does not include this horrible father. 8mo
marleed @Megabooks Boy, I understand. Reading this, I went to Safiya‘s instagram, and from her comment to her father - his page. Yikes, he‘s a narcissist. I guess every child has an inalienable right to their feelings toward their parent. I just think he‘s bad to the core. 8mo
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EKonrad
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This memoir was powerful but did remind me a lot of “Educated.“ Sinclair is a poet, and it shows in her lyrical work, but this definitely could have benefitted from stronger editing. #arc ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2023/09/21/how-to-say-babylon-book-review/

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So excited to read this! And getting #bookmail is always fun! 😊

Thanks for the #arc, @simonbooks

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Mpcacher
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When I saw that this memoir was suggested for those who like “Educated“ I happily accepted an advance copy from NetGalley. It is the story of a woman raised in Jamaica by a very strict Rastafarian father. The comparison is valid and I enjoyed the book, but the Jamaican and Rastafarian dialect made reading it a little difficult at times. Unsurprisingly the book is very poetic as the author is now a successful poet and professor in Arizona. 3.75/5

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Look at all these beauties! #simonandschuster
#bookmail

Quirkybookworm Sweet! 14mo
Megabooks Nice!! 14mo
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