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The Good Immigrant
The Good Immigrant | Nikesh Shukla
Were told that we live in a multicultural melting pot that were post-racial. Yet, studies show that throughout the UK, people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups are much more likely to live in poverty than white British people (Institute of Race Relations). Its a hard time to be an immigrant, or the child of one, or even the grandchild of one. The Good Immigrant brings together twenty emerging British BAME writers, poets, journalists and artists to confront this issue. In these essays about race and immigration, they paint a picture of what it means to be other in a country that wants you, doesnt want you, doesnt accept you, needs you for its equality monitoring forms and would prefer you if you won a major reality show competition. Compiled by award-winning writer Nikesh Shukla who has long championed the issue of diversity in publishing and literary life in the UK this book will explore why immigrants come to the UK, why they stay, what it means for their identity if theyre mixed race, where their place is in the world if theyre unwelcome in the UK, and what effects this has on the education system. The essays are poignant, challenging, funny, sad, heartbreaking, polemic, angry, weary, and, most importantly, they give a platform to some of the most interesting BAME voices emerging in the UK today. Contributors to this extraordinary state of the nation collection will include: Musa Okwonga (poet/broadcaster) Chimene Suleyman (poet/columnist) Vinay Patel (playwright) Bim Adewumni (Buzzfeed) Salena Godden (poet/writer) Sabrina Mahfouz (playwright) Kieran Yates (journalist) Coco Khan (journalist) Sarah Sahim (journalist) Reni Eddo Lodge (journalist) Varaidzo (student) Darren Chetty (teacher) Himesh Patel (Tamwar from Eastenders) Nish Kumar (comedian) Miss L of Casting Call Woe (actor) Daniel York Loh (playwright and actor) Vera Chok (actor) Riz Ahmed (actor/rapper) Inua Ellams (poet/playwright) Wei Ming Kam (writer)
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jenniferw88
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Cinfhen @arlenefinnigan chose the US version of this same book ❤️ #GreatMinds 4mo
arlenefinnigan Yaaass. 4mo
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Connster
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I know someone who this applies to perfectly!

Eye-opening, but at the same time unsurprising, as it‘s clear the UK has a plethora of issues with racism across all aspects of life. I enjoyed (no, wrong word, I mean I took a great deal from) a lot of the short stories in here. Made me think a great deal about the privilege I have as a white person. It‘s so unfair.

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Connster
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I‘m so happy it‘s Friday. This week has been the longest ever.

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Connster
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Made a start on this last night in the bath...it‘s very interesting so far. I‘m really liking books about social justice/equality at the moment.

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sophierayton
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There are so many amazing books being written on social issues around the world and I'm glad that this book exists to highlight British BAME experiences. As a white British female, I've always thought that the UK didn't have a 'race problem' and compared with the atrocities that happen in some countries we don't, but I realised that just because it's "not that bad" doesn't mean it's all that good.

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arlenefinnigan
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Oh yeah. She went there. 🐷 (From The Good Journal)

JennyM 😬😬😬 11mo
CarolynM Bet the manuscript she submitted didn't include the word "alleged" ? 11mo
arlenefinnigan @CarolynM I really like that she includes a citation 😂 11mo
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CiViiLy
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This collection of essays took me a while to digest b/c of how true, how relevant & articulate these essays were on topics of race/racism & what it means to be a POC in today‘s world. I drew many parallels from the essays in this collection, some of them were hopeful & funny & others brought home the universality of being the of “other”. I highly recommend this collection if you‘re to enlighten yourself about race & racism, especially in the UK.

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LeePeckover
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'Books are my bag' is right. And this is an excellent book. I read The Good Immigrant in a single sitting. It's an interesting collection of writing from a wide range of people on what it means to be an immigrant in modern day Britain. At times moving, and others mildly humorous, this book shows there really is no such thing as a typical immigrant.

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nomierosie
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Had the pleasure of visiting one of my favourite bookshops today Lighthouse Books in Edinburgh, where I bought my first feminist text 7 years ago! #edinburgh #books #bookshop #independentbookshop #feminism

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arlenefinnigan
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#MagazinesJournalsNewspapers #riotgrams
The people behind The Good Immigrant are looking to launch a quarterly journal and they need your help. You can donate to their Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thegoodjournal/the-good-journal-a-quarterly...
@bookriot

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LewisJKennedy
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"To be an immigrant, good or bad, is about straddling two homes, whilst knowing you don't really belong to either" The Good Immigrant- edited by Nikesh Shukla ? #bookstagram #nikeshshukla

StacksNShelves Welcome to Litsy. ☺️ 2y
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eraderneely
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I love an essay collection with a lot of different voices that I don't often get to hear. After reading The Good Immigrant, I wanted MORE in the same vein. It was published by Unbound, a crowdsourcing platform for new books. @bookriot called my attention to a new offering by #unbound Cut From the Same Cloth, and I couldn't wait to jump on board. Now I just have to survive the wait until it's out!

https://unbound.com/books/cut-from-the-same-cloth

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princess_dennie_pants
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Beautiful imidgeary

A beautiful picture
A multicoloured mosaic
A glorious stained glass window

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princess_dennie_pants
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Evening reading

#diversereads

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ttrachelx
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I literally cannot put this book down!! The essays are so relatable and validating, yet enlightening as well.

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Erynecki
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Saw Dunkirk (so good!) and now I'm reading this fabulous book.

Update: an important collection of essays by a variety of British authors. Honest and engaging on contemporary issues of race, voice, identity and more. Not a book to be rushed through — it's better to find room to contemplate each author's words and experiences before moving on to the next essay.

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Literaturelends
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This is such an important read that provides so much insight and clarity into the lives of British minorities. Comedic, horrific and shocking, this compilation delivers a diverse range of experiences. 5/5

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smccallum
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Powered through this and will definitely return to it, utterly brilliant and important collection of essays

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smccallum
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Oh my god I cannot thank @ScorpioBookDreams enough! This box was incredible and I cannot wait to read everything! I'm going to dive straight into 'The Good Immigrant' thank you, thank you, thank you! #summersantagoespostal

saguarosally I loved Dietland too! 2y
ScorpioBookDreams You're so welcome! I'm pleased you liked everything as I was unsure about some 💕 2y
smccallum @ScorpioBookDreams they're brilliant, thank you so much 2y
arlenefinnigan Oh The Good Immigrant is SO good. Especially Nikesh Shukla and Riz Ahmed's essays. SO GOOD. 2y
Itchyfeetreader Great selection - lucky you 2y
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Kittens_Books
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In equal parts this book was and was not written for my consumption.

A brilliant and human collection of the migrant experience that reminds me of my position of privilege as a white woman but that also reminds me of the diaspora between countries that say 'diverse' and are 'diverse'.

This is a book about experiences I can only read about, but that I (and our generation) must try to understand.

"White people debate it [diversity]. We live it."

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Erynecki
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My book haul today from Foyles in London!

LeahBergen Nice!! 2y
Erynecki @LeahBergen have you read any of them? 2y
LeahBergen @Erynecki No, but I've been eyeing Hendrik Groen (mainly because I love an Amsterdam setting). 2y
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Nafiza
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This collection has an essay by Riz Ahmed in it. It also has an essay by someone called Vera Chok which is full of problematic elements that I can't believe slipped past an editor. Most of the essays are interesting. Some are boring.

#nonfiction #race #immigration

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arlenefinnigan
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One for you @MrBook . UKIP should stop blathering on about immigration and focus on education. If you're gonna live here you should speak English properly! #LitsyHumour

MrBook 😂👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻 2y
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RachelO
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Calling all UK Littens and #teachersoflitsy! Copies of The Good Immigrant are available for UK secondary school libraries. If you know any school librarians (or are one) details are at http://bit.ly/2pLAeVX .

Libby1 Wow! Do you know anyone who could benefit from this, @Mary-Ellen ? 2y
RachelO Hi @Mary-Ellen ! Welcome to Litsy 🎉 2y
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Itchyfeetreader
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I usually dislike book reviews that talk about how "important" the book is but for this I'll make an exception. A really great collection of essays - each on its own strong but together something more again.a book to make you listen - then think. Really powerful. One to return to.

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Moray_Reads
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One unforgivably obvious and one less so for #immigrantsong. I heard Oleg Kashin speak about the violent repression he suffers after openly criticising Putin's regime and his experience of relocating and settling in London #rockinmay

elkeo_TheBookDragon Oo - I like that the vase has had a starring role today. Keep it up! 2y
Cinfhen Both fitting choices 👍🏻📚😀 2y
Hobbinol That vase is very photogenic! 2y
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RachelO
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Because @arlenefinnigan said it was the only choice for today. And you wouldn't want to argue with her. 'Specially when she's right! 😉

I find myself re-reading a chapter whenever I pick this up. Today's was based on this: https://mediadiversified.org/2013/12/07/you-cant-do-that-stories-have-to-be-abou...

Just the title is a gut-punch.

Seriously, read this. #titlewithgood #aprilbookshowers

arlenefinnigan Very much required reading. 2y
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arlenefinnigan
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RachelO You got there before me! 2y
arlenefinnigan @RachelO hehehe. Only one choice for this one. 😉 2y
RachelO @arlenefinnigan I think I agree, so I might just have to go with it! 2y
arlenefinnigan @RachelO gwan, you know you want to 2y
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eraderneely
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The barista at my favorite coffee shop saw me reading The Good Immigrant last time I was in. Today he asked to borrow it when I was done.
I love that we all do a little book stalking when we see other readers.

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Itchyfeetreader
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Had intended to spread out reading these essays but struggling to put this down. Only break so far has been to pause to order Chimene Suleyman's book after reading her exceptional essay..

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whatthelog
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This is a magnificent collection of essays on what it means to be BAME in the UK. Reflective and funny and deeply necessary, it really highlighted the microaggtessions PoC face in Britain today.

Also, I was lucky enough to go to a talk today by Reni Eddo-Lodge, one of the contributors to the Good Immigrant. She kindly signed my copy 😄

#diversebooks #nonfiction

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Abailliekaras
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An excellent collection of essays - fresh writing, highly readable. An important book if for no other reason than to open people's minds, remind us what a diverse world we live in but bring home that things like humour, wanting to connect, & the magic of a good haircut, are universal. But mostly just a great read! Varaidzo, miss L, Darren Chetty & Salena Godden were highlights. 👏🏼 #DiverseAThon

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Bookscatsandcountry
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This book really packs a punch and would definitely recommend it. I found the essays that were written in a more conversational style to be the most powerful. Others felt a little dry and rather like reading an academic paper. Definitely an important read although I would have liked to read some povs from people who weren't journalists/in the media. A 4⭐ read from me. Maybe we should buy and send in bulk to certain politicians!

arlenefinnigan "NAMASTE, DICKHEADS" ?❤ 3y
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chloefreeman
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This book was amazing. Such an important read given the times we are living in. I try to read a diverse selection of books but I don't often read works by BAME writers from the UK, so often the context is American. It was a hard read in parts, it caused me to examine my privileges more than ever and revealed truths that I had previously been ignorant of. I would recommend this book to anyone. The essay style is a favourite of mine. A winner 🤗👌👌

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ScorpioBookDreams
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I learnt so much from this collection of essays about what it means to be BAME in Britain today. The final essay was especially moving and though-provoking. I would definitely recommend!

Moray_Reads Horrifying and eye-opening in equal measure, thank God for the humour! Essential reading 3y
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Bookscatsandcountry
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Picked this up from the library today. I felt like I needed to pick it up sooner rather than later.

cathysaid Read quick! It'll probably be banned soon. 😐🙄 3y
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RachelO
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Nikesh Shukla (who made The Good Immigrant happen) is crowdfunding a new collection of essays from young writers aged under 24 on life in Britain today.

Rude not to, really!
https://unbound.com/books/rife

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hernanderson
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take your time with this one.

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ScorpioBookDreams
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First essay was excellent so can't wait to read the rest.

Moray_Reads This book is a revelation, I learnt so much from so many of the authors ❤ 3y
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ScorpioBookDreams
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For UK littens, the Good Immigrant is only Qa.99 on kindle at the moment.

Weaponxgirl Yaaaaaaaassssssss!!! 3y
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Moray_Reads
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saresmoore 👏Very impressive! And way to minimize that TBR! 3y
Julsmarshall Wow!! 👌 3y
Cinfhen Fantastic 🎉😊📚💗 3y
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Reviewsbylola That is amazing!!! 3y
Well-ReadNeck 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 3y
TrishB Wow! 😀 3y
Kalalalatja I now down to you 🙌 3y
LeahBergen 30?! 👏🏻👏🏻 3y
tricours Wtf. 3y
Centique Wow - that's incredible! 3y
Leniverse How do you do that?! Do you count audiobooks listened to while you sleep, or what? 😂 3y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore @Julsmarshall @Cinfhen @Reviewsbylola @Well-ReadNeck @TrishB @Kalalalatja @LeahBergen @tricours @Centique @Leniverse Thanks everyone 😂 It just sort of happened last year when I realised I was getting through 2-300 pages a night... And yet my TBR is still hundreds of books 3y
jessdean Awesome!!!😃🎉👌🏽 3y
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Abailliekaras
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My #DiversAThon read, thanks to London Book Club secret Santa. All too timely ...

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theshrinkette
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Day 4: If you thought I would only pick one favourite #ownvoices book, joke's on you. #DiverseAThon #Litsygram

rachellayown Great picks! 3y
slhbooks That's 9 TBR additions right there! 📚📚📚At least I've read one of them (Homegoing). 3y
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Abailliekaras
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Finding books to read for #Diverseathon ... This TBR shelf (one of several) is the reason I'm on a book-buying ban for the next little while! 🙈

Simona I looked at the guest list for the Adelaide Writers Week 2017 today....I. feel a deep envy😡 3y
Abailliekaras @Simona ha! writers week is where my book buying ban will fall apart 😉 3y
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hernanderson
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Inua Ellams, Cutting Through (On Black Barbershops And Masculinity)

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Moray_Reads
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Like @Weaponxgirl I'm #inspiredbyMLK to confront the racism in my own country (UK) where we find it too easy to pat ourselves on the the back for abolishing slavery "early" (1833) and to forget the crimes of an Empire that still existed within living memory. I can't recommend this collection enough, it's too eclectic, too important and too devastating. It should be essential reading. I laughed, I cried and I learned so much. #ReadJanuary #LRC7

whatthelog Couldn't agree more. Brilliant brilliant book 3y
Weaponxgirl Ive had my eye on this book too. Can't wait to Hear what you think of it 3y
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whatthelog
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The first book I read this year - what a great start! I know I've posted about it before but MY GOD this is amazing!

#diversebooks #nonfiction

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whatthelog
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this book is a must read

#diversebooks #weneeddiversebooks #non-fiction

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I stayed up late finishing this last night, it's so brilliant. This is a collection of essays written by British POC about what it means to be POC and/or an immigrant in Britain. I can see some of it echoing problems in the US too (like the quote above.) The essays are heartfelt, funny, sad, and important.

#readit #nonfiction #buyit #socialjustice #diversity #representationmatters #TheGoodImmigrant #essays #immigration #ownvoices

Tikabelle Whew. That's so true and skewers me. Ugh. 3y
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SarahSaysRead
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Alicia Me too!! 3y
theshrinkette HOW GOOD IS THIS BOOK 3y
SarahSaysRead @theshrinkette SO GOOD and so helpful because I definitely don't hear or learn enough about race issues in other countries. 3y
mhillis Nice! I want to read this📚 3y
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