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The Known World
The Known World | Edward P. Jones
In one of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, Edward P. Jones, two-time National Book Award finalist, tells the story of Henry Townsend, a black farmer and former slave who falls under the tutelage of William Robbins, the most powerful man in Manchester County, Virginia. Making certain he never circumvents the law, Townsend runs his affairs with unusual discipline. But when death takes him unexpectedly, his widow, Caldonia, can't uphold the estate's order and chaos ensues. In a daring and ambitious novel, Jones has woven a footnote of history into an epic that takes an unflinching look at slavery in all of its moral complexities.This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
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Lindy
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A rewarding epic saga with a broad cast and a leisurely pace. So leisurely that it took about four hours before I really felt invested in the #audiobook. Fortunately, it was pleasant to listen to Kevin Free‘s narration while I was knitting, so I didn‘t give up. I also enjoyed the author‘s way of jumping briefly ahead by decades, giving glimpses of the future for his characters, a technique also used by Meg Wolitzer in The Interestings.

erzascarletbookgasm @batsy you‘ve been wanting to read this, right? 8mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Yes, I've had it for ever so long 🙈 I'm happy to read Lindy's positive review! 8mo
Lindy @batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Shawn praised it even more than I did. I think he placed it among his all-time top five. @shawnmooney 8mo
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Lindy
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Whew! I extended my yarn by twisting in the tail from the start of the project and then I had just enough to finish casting off the final row of this shawl. #audioknitting project started a month and 6 audiobooks ago.

LeahBergen 😆😆 That was CLOSE. 8mo
Lindy @LeahBergen Too close. I thought I would have to unravel, not a pleasant thought when the row is 331 stitches long. 8mo
readordierachel Crisis averted! 8mo
Lindy @readordierachel Indeed. 😁 8mo
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Lindy
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Oh dear. 25 stitches still to cast off and only enough yarn left for about 10. #audioknitting

AntoinetteBuchanan Such pretty yarn 8mo
Lindy @AntoinetteBuchanan Thanks. It‘s recycled silk, and the yarn was a gift to me. I enjoyed knitting with it. 8mo
Suet624 This is beautiful! 7mo
Lindy @Suet624 Thanks! 7mo
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Reggie I loved The Mothers!! 9mo
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shawnmooney
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds like an intriguing read, disturbing, but intriguing. 10mo
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Lesliereads
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My copy of this book is so pristine because I have owned it since it was first published in 2003! I‘m finally reading it! #readsoullit day 6: in the street.

batsy I've had mine for almost that long, too! And yet to read it 🙈 10mo
Lesliereads @batsy ok, now I don‘t feel so bad! - one of the “hazards” of growing a personal library, I suppose😁. 10mo
BellaBookNook Yay! I‘m not the only one that has had this for years and not read it!☺️ 10mo
Nute This is an unread owned book for me as well! 8mo
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KellyHunsakerReads
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Starting another #Pulitzer winner on #audiobook.

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Bry
The Known World | Edward P. Jones
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The perfect afternoon? I think so.

PurpleyPumpkin Divine!👍🏽👏🏽👌🏽🙌🏽😉🍻 1y
britt_brooke YES. 🙌🏻☀️🍺📖 1y
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LRSmith
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Without a doubt, the most unwieldy part of packing is the book selection. A novel is de rigueur, but what if you‘re not in the mood for that one? Better pack two. Then, I always want a history and some poetry. I always want to take Milton, but I‘m teaching Chaucer next year. So, that choice is made. Where am I? Jones‘ The Known World, Kent‘s The Good People, Canterbury Tales, and Usama Ibn Munqidh‘s The Book of Contemplation. Probably enough.

RealLifeReading Welcome to Litsy! 2y
LRSmith @RealLifeReading Thank you!! 2y
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MelanieMefford
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Next up!

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slightlyfoxed
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Still catching up on #riotgrams: this year for #blackhistory month, instead of just doing one big display I filled all of our smaller Level Up displays with books by black authors.

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Bookboss
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This novel has beautiful writing, a complex structure, and fully realized characters. The story of slavery in our country is painful to read about, but crucial to our understanding of race relations today. We ignore our history at our peril.

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crhealey
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Happy Library Book Sale Day! Replacing lost copies, finishing out series and authors, and finding new reads! 9 books, 9 dollars! 😍😍😍😍

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TsahaiMakeda
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When you come home from a long 2 days of travelling to find do that a Pulitzer Prize winning author has sent you some goodies as he promised. 🤓💖📚 #writerswrite #writergoals #writersread

Buddys_Momma How cool!!!💜💜 2y
RaimeyGallant Nice! 2y
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Liberty
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Dewey's Readathon countdown, Day 20: The prompt is "best." Last I heard, this was the winningest novel in terms of cash awards, and when pressed I also refer to it the most often as the book I love best. #readathon #30DaysofReadathon ? ❤️?

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Liberty
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Read More Co. asked me to name my ten favorite books. This is what I came up with, but ask me again tomorrow and they'd probably all be different. ❤️

Suelizbeth This is a great list. I'm reading The Secret History with @ReadingEnvy #readingenvyreadalong and I keep seeing it everywhere. And I LOVE True Grit! It's such a quirky book. 2y
LauraBeth Thanks for posting this! 2y
littledid.she.know The Westing Game = ❤️ 2y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Mount Char 🖤 2y
ReadingEnvy I definitely remember you talking about #2 and #3. I loved 2y
RebaRecommends The Westing Game is one of my all time faves. 2y
britt_brooke This post moved The Secret History to the top of my TBR .... and I started it this evening. 💚 (edited) 2y
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Bookboss
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This has been on my TBR for years. Two chapters in, I am wondering why I waited so long.

batsy It's been on my shelves for so long! 🙈 2y
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Vblancsbooks
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Current Situation....📖☕️

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Jas16
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Two #sophomorenovels that won the Pulitzer. #jubilantjuly

AmyG Both wonderful! 2y
Dragon Loved Middlesex 👍 2y
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Iindseyo
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Friday night reading. 📖Pretty sure I've heard @Liberty talk about this being one of her favorites so I had to pick it up. 😊 It won the Pulitzer and the National Book Award so, high praise all around! 🙌

Jas16 Loved this one! 3y
HotMessJess Definitely stacking this! It looks amazing!!! 3y
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wen4blu
The Known World | Edward P. Jones
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#bookhaul!! Used my Tetris skills at the last day/fill-a-bag library book sale and scored all these plus eleven cookbooks for $5! Now, where to put them.......

intothehallofbooks I love The House Girl! Great haul and Tetris skills 😀 3y
Suet624 I suggest you read Harold Fry before reading the Queenie book. 3y
Cinfhen What???? That's awesome. Please don't tell my hubby you were able to buy a gizilion books for $5.00, I'll never hear the end of it 😖 3y
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Jaimelire Awesome deal! Lucky you. 3y
PurpleyPumpkin Wow, you did well!🙌🏽 3y
saresmoore I knew all those hours of Tetris would be good for something! My husband is amazing at packing a moving van as a credit to his 90's Nintendo childhood. 😏 3y
OrangeMooseReads 👍🏽🙌🏽👏 3y
EloisaJames A lot to love here! Flavia!! 💕💕 3y
DivineDiana What a haul! 👏🏻📚 (edited) 3y
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ReadosaurusText
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This book complicates notions of the slaveholding South by telling the story of a freed slave, Henry, who then becomes a slaveholder. The book illuminates the varied reactions to this reality: disappointed parents who were former slaves; a proud former-master; poor men in the community who resent that a black man has slaves. #blackhistorymonth Full Review here: http://readosaurustext.blogspot.com/2017/02/edward-p-joness-known-world.html?m=1

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Jas16
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For #fictionlove I made a short stack of books I love that are February appropriate. #17booklove

howjessreads 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 3y
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ReadosaurusText
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The weekend means snuggly morning reading time in bed!!!!! ❤️😍❤️📚

Notafraidofwords I have this one...how dark is It? 3y
ReadosaurusText I am about 75% through the book. It is elegantly nuanced and thoughtful about an array of people connected to the institution of slavery. While it is naturally dark given the topic, I wouldn't call it graphic or sensationalized. I truly recommend it. Thanks for asking! 3y
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TelevisionNeighbor
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#page24 although I'm currently on page 234. I've been savoring this book. Currently, it's breaking my heart. Augustus was just sold back into slavery. What a shitty time for our country. #readjanuary

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Iindseyo
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Small book haul from the library sale yesterday. The Known World is part of my #LitsyAtoZ challenge and Walter Mosley is an author I've never read so I'm glad I found the first in the Easy Rawlins series 📚📚📚

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SaraBeagle
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My #recommendsday pick! So many intriguing characters and Jones draws you into all of their lives so deeply, which is heart wrenching at times. It has a different narrative structure, which I loved, but may not work for people who don't like stories that jump around.

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SaraBeagle
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Have you ever started a book that has been on your TBR forever and just kept thinking "How in the HELL have I not read this yet?!?" I'm having one of those moments. #litsyatoz

Liberty My favorite book. ❤️ 3y
RadicalReader @SaraBeagle I love finding Pulitzer prize-winning books makes for an extremely enjoyable read. 3y
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ReadosaurusText
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My current read happens to have been #publishedinthe2000s. I have no idea how this hashtag evolved, but I love it! Also found an alternative cover of the book. Not sure which design I like better--one is so familiar, and the other so elegant.

BarbaraJean I got the hashtag from the #readjanuary daily photo challenge (though no doubt others have used it before that)! @RealLifeReading hosts a daily photo challenge each month, if you'd like to follow along! 3y
ReadosaurusText @BarbaraJean I love it! I will definitely keep a closer eye out for the daily reading challenges. Thanks! 3y
Donna_sBookMinute @ReadosaurusText, Here's the January post from RealLifeReading. http://litsy.com/p/ZUcya0hkcmpR. I haven't participated much this month. Enjoy. 3y
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ReadosaurusText
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". . . the kind of world he wanted to create was doomed before he had even spoken the first syllable of the word master." p. 64

It is rewarding to be reading this book so recently after having read The Underground Railroad.

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TelevisionNeighbor
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I found this bookmark in a library book. It's mine now! #readjanuary #readingequipment

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ReadosaurusText
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🥁drum roll please🥁After much deliberation and with great ado, I have finally made my decision about which #newread to pack with me for #mla17. I've been wanting to read this book for a loooooong time.

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BookishShelly
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Got these two beauties for my Black Friday shopping.

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Texreader
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#novembertbr...maybe... I rarely read more than two books a month, so who knows? #photoadaynov16

stacybmartin I 💙💙💙 The Winter People!! 3y
Marmie7 I love Alison Weir! 3y
BibliophileMomma Winter People is so good. 3y
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TheresaKaminski
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One of the finest novels about slavery I have ever read.

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mrldg
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Have read this so I can go to Nancy Pearl's book club at a local bookstore, my first time, and talk about this 2003 Pulitzer prize winner. An amazing novel!

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Liberty
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This here is my prized book possession: A signed first edition of this freaking amazing Pulitzer winner, which is also, on most days, my favorite book. (Ask me again tomorrow and I may say a different title.)

It is a brutal, beautiful, challenging novel, and it taught me so much about a part of history I had never learned. This book should be taught in schools. (Maybe it is now? It has been a lonnnng time since I was in school. 😂) #Recommendsday

eric.small One of my all time favorites. 3y
HotCocoaReads I've got this book and need to read it soon! 3y
Nebklvr Great review--have to look into it 3y
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Graciouswarriorprincess Love! I reread it once a year. 3y
A.Shari.A Easily in my top 5 favorites of all time. 3y
hmac One of the best books I've ever read. Why have so many people not heard of it? 3y
azulaco I am overdue to reread this wonderful book. When it came out, I got to hear the author speak on it at the local library since he's local to the DC area. Fascinating. 3y
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