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James: A Novel | Percival Everett
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Pedrocamacho
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This was the third book I‘ve read from Percival Everett. I loved it so much! I was a little sad when I finished. I love reimagining old and cherished stories and James does not disappoint.

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Bookboss
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I purchased Everett‘s novel The Trees at Ann Patchett‘s bookstore in Nashville, and I loved it. Last year I went to Patchett‘s book signing for Tom Lake, and she told the audience that they had to watch out for Everett‘s next book, James. I preordered a copy from her bookstore, and I believe this novel will be at the top of my best books of 2024 list. Everett‘s retelling of Huckleberry Finn from the perspective of James is a modern classic.

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So far I love this retelling of Huck Finn from Jim‘s perspective. It‘s a fast paced adventure story that‘s intellectually playful and moving.

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BkClubCare
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Guess what I just did! Bought the hot book at the hottest bookstore west of the Mississippi.

mcctrish 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3d
Tamra 👏🏾 3d
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squirrelbrain Hooray! It‘s so good. 3d
Ruthiella Powell‘s is awesome! 🤩 3d
Hooked_on_books Woohoo! 🥳 2d
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Lindy
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Friday Reads: #PoetryMonth #TransGirlApril #PeopleApril #PictureThis #MentalHealthMay #GraywolfMay

You are invited to check out my latest episode of booktube:

https://youtu.be/DYz6mPpEJEY
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Leftcoastzen Love your kitty! 4d
Lindy @Leftcoastzen Shortly after this photo was taken, she batted my tripod and I had to cut out a bouncy segment when I was editing my video. 😅 4d
batsy Great photo! The way kitty is striking a pose 📷😁 4d
Lindy @batsy she looks cranky, doesn‘t she? 4d
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OneCent76
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Amazing, amazing book! There are most certainly difficult parts to read in this book. But the story of James and Huck Finn was just superb. I can't recommend this book enough.

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AmyG
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BarbaraBB Yay! You‘re the first to nominate and some good ones you do have! A new Towles! And James, which I do have on my shelves but will postpone reading until we‘ve our contenders. Thanks Amy! (edited) 1w
squirrelbrain Wow, Amy, so quick! ❤️ I‘d love to read the new Towles! 1w
TheBookHippie I want to read 2 of these 🙃♥️😊 1w
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Megabooks Great nominees! I‘m looking forward to Guncle part 2! 1w
JamieArc I would love James to be a book we all read! I‘m assuming there would be some great discussion. 1w
Ruthiella Of course! I even have a copy 😃 1w
willaful Eeee, there's a Guncle sequel?! 1w
Deblovestoread These all@look fantastic. I‘ll hold off reading James until we have our selections just in case. 1w
Bookwormjillk A new Amor Towles too?? I need to win the lottery so I can take the summer off and read. 1w
DebinHawaii Great picks! I have James on my TBR! 🤗 1w
mcctrish I want to read all of these ( I‘m still figuring out Camp Litsy) 1w
Amiable @Bookwormjillk Me too! I‘m already in the queue at my library for the new Towles. 😍 6d
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Michael_Gee
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So it‘s only April but I‘m pretty sure I already read the best book I‘m going to read this year. It‘s my first Everett novel (though I loved American Fiction) and damn, this man does not waste a word. I was completely invested from the first sentence and his story telling did not let me go until the last line, and honestly, not even then.

Readergrrl I‘m on vacation and forgot my copy at home which is killing me! I want to finish it now!! 2w
Michael_Gee @Readergrrl oh no!! Well, it might give you a chance to actually look around on your vacation. 😂 I finished it on my (belated) honeymoon and I will say once I got towards the end there was NO way I was putting it down. 2w
Cathythoughts Great review. I‘m looking forward to starting this one. 2w
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TrishB
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A lovely evening with some Litsy friends and the clever, funny and humble Percival Everett 😁

Ruthiella Awesome! 😎 He doesn‘t smile in the author photos I‘ve seen. He looks great here. (edited) 2w
squirrelbrain Such a fabulous man! And a great evening with friends too…. @Ruthiella - he smiled quite a bit - such a funny guy. 2w
Centique Wow! What a great event 😍 2w
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BarbaraBB He seems to be having a good time. And I am sure you were! 2w
Cathythoughts Sounds great ❤️ 2w
batsy That must have been amazing 😍😍 2w
youneverarrived Sounds fab ❤️ 2w
Gissy Great👌📚♥️ 2w
Hooked_on_books Oh man, I‘m so jealous! 2w
sarahbarnes Wow, that had to have been amazing. 🤩 2w
Chelsea.Poole Oh wow! 2w
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daena
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Grips you and doesn‘t let go from the first paragraph to the very last line. An absolute masterpiece.

Tamra Can‘t wait! 2w
Cathythoughts I better stack it 😁❤️ 2w
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Oryx
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Snacks before Percival Everett.

@TrishB @squirrelbrain

LeahBergen Eee! Look at you lovelies!! ❤️❤️❤️ 2w
Megabooks Yay!! 🤩🤩 2w
AmyG Oh wow! Enjoy!!!!! 🤚🏻 2w
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Bookwomble Bundobust! 🤤😋 Hope you have a great evening 😊 2w
Cathythoughts Have a lovely evening ♥️♥️♥️ 2w
youneverarrived Have a great time ♥️ 2w
LeeRHarry Enjoy! 😊 2w
Ruthiella Have a fantastic time! 😃 2w
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 2w
BarbaraBB So cool! Enjoy!! 2w
Reggie Love this! 💕 2w
CarolynM How lovely to see you all💕 2w
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BookNightOwl
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This book was so much fun to read through. This story is about James who is the slave who goes on that adventure with Huckleberry Finn. This story is told through the perspective of James the slave. Once I started this I had a hard time putting it down. A++++

TrishB Going to see him talk about this tomorrow 😁 2w
BookNightOwl @TrishB how exciting!!! I should look and see where he is doing stops at. 2w
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Addison_Reads
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I'm back! At least for now. 😁 I've missed seeing your reviews, and I'm excited to see what you've all been reading.

This year, I'm not doing challenges and instead just reading what I want without any pressure. I found I was getting too competitive with my challenges, and it was making reading less enjoyable.

Here are some of my favorites I've read so far this year. 💚

Librarybelle Welcome back!! 2w
Aimeesue Gus McCrea 🤎🤎🤎 (edited) 2w
marleed Welcome back! I simplified my reading challenges, as well! 2w
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sherrisilvera Lonesome Dove is one of my all-time favorites. 2w
Ruthiella Welcome back! 😃 2w
Reggie Welcome back!!! Good to see you again! 2w
vivastory Welcome back 💙 2w
BarbaraBB So good you‘re back and with some excellent reads so far 🤍🤍 2w
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daena
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"At that moment the power of reading made itself clear and real to me. If I could see the words, then no one could control them or what I got from them. They couldn't even know if I was merely seeing them or reading them, sounding them out or comprehending them. It was a completely private affair and completely free and, therefore, completely subversive.”

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AardvarkBookClub
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A brilliant, action-packed reimagining of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, both harrowing and ferociously funny, told from the enslaved Jim‘s point of view. From the “literary icon” (Oprah Daily) and Pulitzer Prize Finalist whose novel Erasure is the basis for Cord Jefferson‘s critically acclaimed film American Fiction.

New members in USA can use code LITSY to get this book for $4 at checkout 🥳

#aardvarkbookclub #jointoday

Sara_Planz I think this will be my book of the year 3w
AardvarkBookClub @Sara_Planz totally understandable! It‘s genius 3w
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DHill
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Yes! The wait is finally over!

Karisimo I love getting that notification!!! 3w
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AardvarkBookClub
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An action-packed reimagining of Huckleberry Finn 🎣⛺️📚, a queer retelling of the classic folktale “The Selkie Wife” 🌊🧜‍♀️💘, a magical realism novel on the trials of dating and what it means to find love 💌🌴❤️‍🔥, an enemies to lovers about college exes who break all of their own rules 🏈🌶️✈️, a wickedly funny vacation-Gothic about scary family dynamics 👻🍷🇮🇹, and a murder mystery that about a decades-old prophecy come true 🕵️‍♀️🔮💰

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Megabooks
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I‘ve been an Everett fan for a while and count me among the many who thinks this is one of his best! His brilliant humor still manages to come through the story of Huckleberry Finn told from the perspective of Jim (James). I liked it better than the original Twain.

BarbaraBB I didn‘t like the original story much so I am eager to try this one. Just purchased my copy! 3w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I hope you love it! 3w
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daena
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Library hold is here!

tpixie Yay! I just finished it! Enjoy! 3w
Erinreadsthebooks I loved this one so much ❤️ 3w
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MsLeah8417
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Follow.my.read
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My kinda day! #James#TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn#SpringReading

Ruthiella ❤️🐶❤️🐶❤️ 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 🐾🐶 3w
Tamra I can‘t wait for those days! 3w
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 3w
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Erinreadsthebooks
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟I taught Huck Finn for many years, and this retelling is everything I hoped for when I first heard about it last year. Even though the reading is definitely enhanced by having read Huck Finn, it‘s not a dealbreaker. It‘s interesting to hear the events from Jim‘s perspective, to know how brilliant he is, and watch him really morph into James. This will be in my top books of 2024, no doubt, and my first of many Percival Everett reads.

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tpixie
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While Twain‘s Huckleberry Finn revealed Jim as a caring, kind person, Everett has captured James‘ 3 dimensional character, intelligence, literacy, & compassion.

jlhammar Looking forward to this! 4w
tpixie @jlhammar enjoy! ☺️ 4w
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DyAnne
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end-of-quarter celebratory book haul

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Sara_Planz
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Percival Everett takes the story of Huck Finn and rewrites it from Jim‘s perspective. James is not the illiterate slave in Twain's book, but an educated, intelligent, and complicated man. James is given a complete backstory, showing us a man who feels and loves deeply, who struggles with his lot in life, the joy and the anger he feels, often at the same time. I know it is only March, but I am comfortable saying that this is my book of the year.

mcctrish I just watched a CBS Sunday morning interview with Percival. We just watched American Writer last weekend and I had heard about this retelling of Huck Finn but hadn‘t put the 2 together. I am totally buying this book 1mo
AmyG Ooooo wow. I just picked this up. Look forward to reading it. 1mo
tpixie @Sara_Planz I just finished Huck Finn to prep for this book. I‘m starting this today. This is a perfect summary. Chapter 2 and James‘ Language Class with the kids- what an incredible interpretation! 4w
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Hooked_on_books
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Unsurprisingly, this is a very satisfying read. Everett explores some familiar themes from his other work (racism, stereotyping) and turns the light on the horror of slavery as well. He makes some choices here that are likely to seriously piss off hard right folks (which I frankly loved). Excellent addition to his bibliography.

lazydaizee Sounds interesting. 1mo
jlhammar Can‘t wait to read this! 1mo
Follow.my.read Just picked this up yesterday!!! Cannot wait to read it! 1mo
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AmyG Good to know as I just got the ebook. 1mo
Ruthiella Wow, you tore through it! 😃 1mo
JenP Wow. you read that quickly 1mo
Deblovestoread Got the audio yesterday. Do you think it‘s a good idea to revisit Huck Finn first? 1mo
squirrelbrain That was quick! 😃 Although, it didn‘t take me long either… once you start you just can‘t stop! 1mo
Megabooks I have both audio and print rn. Suggestions on format? 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Ruthiella @JenP I literally dropped everything when the hold arrived! And I listen to everything at high speed, so a lot of books are quick listens for me. 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Deblovestoread I didn‘t and I loved the book. I‘m familiar enough with the HF story, and I just wanted to focus on this book. But I think it depends on what kind of reading experience you‘re looking for. 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Megabooks I thought the audio was really good, but I can‘t comment on the print, since I haven‘t seen it. I don‘t know if I‘m missing anything that‘s in the print book. 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Deblovestoread Just a teeny bit more info. I just listened to the Poured Over podcast interview with Everett. The host read James then reread Huck Finn and read James again and said she firmly believes a HF read isn‘t needed. 1mo
Deblovestoread Thanks for the update, Holly! 💜 1mo
tpixie @Hooked_on_books Great review! I‘m 1/2 way through James. @Deblovestoread I re-read Huck Finn right beforehand. I agree you don‘t have to, but I was compelled to ( my personality). It is fun seeing the story flipped a little, but not necessary at all to understand or enjoy James. I‘m listening to the audio which is marvelous. Everett knows how to pack a punch- subtly & not so subtly (edited) 4w
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Hooked_on_books
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MY HOLD IS IN! MY HOLD IS IN! 🎉🙌🏼🤩💃🏼

Ruthiella 🥳🥳🥳 1mo
BarbaraBB Wow! So looking forward to it, can‘t wait for your thoughts! 1mo
squirrelbrain Yay! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. 1mo
tpixie That great you got a hold! All my libraries were for 1/2-1 whole year. I bit the bullet and used Audible credit. 4w
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JenP
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This book was excellent. A retelling of mark Twain‘s classic, James is the story of “Jim” from huckleberry Finn. My full review is on the blog but I highly recommend this book.

https://thereadersroom.org/2024/03/20/james-by-percival-everett/

Hooked_on_books I can‘t wait for this one! My hold should come in soon! 1mo
JenP @Hooked_on_books I hope you love it too. Let me know what you think once you‘ve read it 1mo
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Follow.my.read
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Book shopping with my bestie is OH SO MUCH FUN!!!

Ruthiella Nice haul! 👍 1mo
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JenP
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James is the reimagining of huckleberry Finn told from the voice of Jim. So far, I‘m really appreciating it.

BarbaraBB I am so looking forward to a new Everett! 1mo
JenP @BarbaraBB it was so good 1mo
BarbaraBB So far I‘ve loved all the books I read by him so I have high expectations! 1mo
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Christine
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The hype is to be believed re: this one - just extraordinarily good. And Dominic Hoffman‘s audiobook narration is brilliant (thanks to #LibroFM for the ALC!). I‘m tempted to listen to it again right now and curious about the experience of it in print, too.

DHill Have the audio on Notify Me on Libby. Can‘t wait to get it! (edited) 1mo
BarbaraBB Wow. Looking forward to it! 1mo
Christine @DHill May you be high on the list and/or your library get many copies! 1mo
Christine @BarbaraBB I couldn‘t stop listening. Hope it works for you too! 1mo
tpixie @Christine I‘m listening to it now. The narration is great ! 4w
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squirrelbrain
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This is a ‘re-imagining‘ of Huckleberry Finn, from the POV of the slave, Jim, or James as he calls himself. I read HF before this and I think it‘s worth doing so.

The first half of the book faithfully follows the original and is satirically funny. The second half becomes a lot darker and is where Everett gets his message across about slavery.

Looking forward to seeing the author next month with @TrishB and @Oryx

Published 11/04 in the UK.

Oryx I wonder if I can remember enough of HF. I did read it a couple of times when I was young. Do you think a Wikipedia refresher might be enough? Or is it the details that are important? 1mo
sarahbarnes This is on my list! Glad to see you liked it. And so cool that you are going to hear him speak! 1mo
squirrelbrain @Oryx - I must have read it when I was young, but didn‘t recall it. There is some detail in the first half but I don‘t think you‘d miss out by not re-reading. The second half is quite different, as that is when Huck and Jim are apart in the original so Everett had free rein. 1mo
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Deblovestoread So excited about this one. I may start with Huck as it‘s been too long to have much memory. When I was a kid we had an Irish Setter named HF. 😀 1mo
Ruthiella Really looking forward to this one and will also reread HF beforehand. 👍 1mo
batsy Thanks for this review. Thinking about reading HF before I get to this. And so very exciting about hearing him speak! 🤩 Look forward to everyone's updates from the event 😁 1mo
TrishB Will be trying to get to a couple more before we see him. 1mo
Hooked_on_books You lucky dog getting an advanced copy! I‘m first in line for the audio and fully intend to drop everything when my hold comes in. 1mo
squirrelbrain I was very surprised to get it! @Hooked_on_books 1mo
rmaclean4 Cant wait to read this! 1mo
tpixie @squirrelbrain Oh! The UK cover reflects the connection between HF more! The US cover hints to no theme. Great review. I was compelled to read HF first and am glad I did. It just brought the story a little closer. I‘m listening to it now and am about halfway through. That‘s amazing you will get to see Everett at an author event! 4w
tpixie @Deblovestoread @Oryx I‘m glad I read HF first, but I think it‘s not necessary if it creates a burden for you to read James. But I like complementary book reading. (edited) 4w
squirrelbrain The UK cover is definitely better isn‘t it @tpixie? Looking forward to seeing Everett - a week on Wednesday. I‘m going to try to read Erasure before we go. 4w
tpixie @squirrelbrain yes- I almost always think the UK covers are better than the US covers!! This is my first book of his. I do think I need to read more. It will be fun for you to read another book of his before you see him! 4w
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squirrelbrain
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Look what I just got from #netgalley!

I applied for it several months ago, and hadn‘t heard anything so I assumed it was a no-go.

I think I‘ll re-read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn first as I haven‘t read that since I was a child.

Are you jealous?! @BarbaraBB 🤣

TrishB Cool 👍🏻 3mo
BarbaraBB Yes Helen, I am 🤣!! 3mo
jlhammar Lucky! 3mo
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Erinreadsthebooks I taught Huck Finn for years, so I am reallllllllly looking forward to this one! Can‘t wait to hear what you think of both books. 3mo
Ruthiella Congratulations! 👏👏👏 3mo
Bookboss I‘m looking forward to this one! 3mo
Tamra Anxious for your review! 3mo
batsy How cool! I too am thinking of reading Huckleberry Finn again before I attempt this (I remember really disliking Huck Finn so I'm not looking forward to my own assigned homework 🤣) 3mo
SamAnne You lucky dawg! 3mo
Megabooks Lucky!! 3mo
Megabooks He‘s coming to Parnassus 3/25, and I want to go but have to be in Indianapolis 3/28, so I think it‘s too much. They‘re in opposite directions. (edited) 3mo
squirrelbrain Oh no, that‘s a shame! @Megabooks 😔 3mo
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Nebklvr
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Thanks to Edelweiss for an advance digital copy. Jim was a strong, compassionate, and wise character in The Adventures of Huck Finn. In the first half of James, there wasn‘t an appreciable difference of story or character; however the second half gives James the time and space to fully inhabit all of the complexities of his character and life.

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CSeydel
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Congratulations on your 6-year Litsyversary @BarbaraBB !

My most anticipated release of 2024 is Percival Everett‘s JAMES, a retelling of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from the perspective of Jim. Promises to be memorable! Coming in March.

How about you, @peanutnine and @Catsandbooks ?

#BBGiveaway

BarbaraBB Thanks Carrie for your kind words! Looking forward to a new Everett 💕 7mo
peanutnine Thanks for the tag ☺️ 7mo
Catsandbooks Thanks for the tag! 💜 7mo
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tpixie @BarbaraBB lol 😂 happy 6 1/2 year Litsyversary @CSeydel I‘m 1/2 way through James & enjoying it! 4w
BarbaraBB @Catsandbooks haha, thanks! And I do want to read it so badly!! 4w
CSeydel @tpixie I‘m number 72 in line at the library 🙃 3w
tpixie @CSeydel maybe the others will give up and you move up fast!!! 3w
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Cinfhen
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My wonderful friend and fabulous co-host @BarbaraBB is celebrating 6 years of Litsy fun with a giveaway🙌🏻visit her post for all the details 🤓 #BBgiveaway
I‘ve tagged a book I‘m looking forward to in 2024🤗

BarbaraBB A new Everett? I didn‘t know! Thanks for sharing and being my friend and co-host ❤️❤️ 7mo
Cinfhen It‘s apparently a retelling of Huckleberry Finn from the POV of the enslaved black man, Jim @BarbaraBB 🤷🏼‍♀️ 7mo
batsy Oooh, new Percival Everett! 🙌🏾 7mo
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squirrelbrain Oooh a new Everett! 7mo
Cinfhen The premise sounds really promising @squirrelbrain @batsy especially given the author 🫶🏼 7mo
TrishB Thank you 😘 7mo
Hooked_on_books I almost picked this one! 7mo
Cinfhen Sounds good, right @Hooked_on_books ?!?? 7mo
Cinfhen Always @TrishB xxxx 7mo
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REPollock
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I am a fan of novels that retell stories through the perspective of a character not given a voice in the original work, so I knew when I read about this book that I wanted to read it.

It‘s even better than I might have imagined.

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

BkClubCare Wait! What?! Tell me MORE! 😊 8mo
REPollock @BkClubCare this is a famous Black author telling the story of Huckleberry Finn from the POV of the enslaved character Jim (James). 8mo
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REPollock
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So excited I got approved for this from NetGalley!

SamAnne Oh wow! 8mo
REPollock @SamAnne I‘m a little over halfway through and I expected it to be good but it‘s even better. 8mo
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