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The Nutmeg Princess | Richardo Keens-Douglas
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I wasn‘t expecting a #Grenada book for #ReadingtheAmericas2023, with none in my audiobook library, but by chance I got two when grabbing a bunch during Black History Month to Skype with my niece in England. This rich fable was written for a girl in Grenada who asked the author if he knew of any stories about black princesses: the kids who meet the princess here are brave and kind. I also love the fun and colorful creation story Mama God, Papa God.

BarbaraBB A lucky coincidence, tackling Grenada! 2d
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Brother, I'm Dying | Edwidge Danticat
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Oh #Haiti. What a country, what a mess. This is the story of Edwidge Danticat‘s family and their lives. Lives lived in Haiti and in the US. It‘s a story filled with love. Life has been hard on them yet love is stronger. A wonderful book. Thank you so much for sending me this one @Megabooks 💕

Pic: Fes, Morocco

#BirthdayPixieReadathon #pop23 #JustTextOnCover #TBRTarot #ReadingTheAmericas2023 🇭🇹

Suet624 This is the next one of hers that I hope to read. 1w
Megabooks So glad you enjoyed it!! 💜💜 1w
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Megabooks As always, fantastic photo! And the Parnassus bookmark! 🤩 (edited) 1w
CBee Yay! 1w
squirrelbrain Great picture! Hope you‘re having a fab time! ❤️ 1w
SamAnne This one is so good. I want to do a reread. 1w
Hooked_on_books I‘ve heard good things about this one. And I‘m not surprised after my Danticat read. She‘s really good! 1w
Librarybelle Great photo! 1w
LeeRHarry Fab photo! 😊 1w
batsy Wow, great picture. I'd love to visit Morocco 💖 1w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I knew you‘d notice it 💕 1w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @libraraybelle @LeeRHarry @batsy Thanks! Morocco is so beautiful, I could keep taking pictures all day! 1w
LeahBergen Wow! What a gorgeous pic. 1w
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The Good Life | Sarah K. Stephens
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Light pick - a twisty turnt novel heavily set in Costa Rica for my #readingtheamericas2023 an interesting exploration of truth and the danger of lies. It was fast but didn‘t fully deliver 📸 Monteverde Costa Rica where some of the book is set

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Che: A Revolutionary Life | Jon Lee Anderson
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#ReadingTheAmericas2023 #USA🇺🇲 #Mexico 🇲🇽
A quick read despite its 423 pages, and it has fantastic artwork with a cinematic feel.
The narrative is necessarily abridged, even in this tome of a book, and while it is sympathetic to Che and his ideals, it's not a hagiography as Che is shown personally executing people in the field of combat, and ordering executions when in power.
It was an interesting read for me, coming shortly after finishing ⬇️

Bookwomble ... Freire's "Pedagogy of the Oppressed", which deals with the liberation of the working class from a slightly different revolutionary perspective.
I've claimed this for the USA and Mexico in the Americas reading challenge, as those are the nationalities of the writer and illustrator respectively, which is how in approaching it, but from a subject POV, it could be claimed for Argentina, Cuba and Bolivia, too.
@Librarybelle @BarbaraBB
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We hebben het over je gehad | Stphanie Hoogenberk
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A Dutch novel (partly set in #Aruba) about friendship among adults. Each chapter deals with another friend or group of friends and te dynamics between the narrator and them. Over time so much changes among friends. An intriguing premise but I wasn‘t overly impressed by the result.

(Pic: Paris)

#BirthdayPixieReadathon #ReadingTheAmericas2023 🇦🇼 #pop23 #AboutAHoliday

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Meh 🫤 It was ok. I was expecting to be blown away, and was mildly disappointed. There were some lines I liked, but I'm clearly not seeing the depths others find here. I'll reread it sometime to see if I can plumb anything more profound, as undoubtedly it's me, not Pablo. 3⭐
I'll read something else by an author from #Chile to do justice to my #ReadingTheAmericas2023 challenge.
@BarbaraBB @Librarybelle

Librarybelle I don‘t always discover the deeper meaning in poetry 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
vivastory This is not Neruda's best IMO Have you read Bolaño? If not, I'd recommend him as an alternative choice. If you're looking for a poet I really like Nicanor Parra. 2w
Bookwomble @Librarybelle Well, me neither, truth be told 😏 2w
Bookwomble @vivastory I'll give this collection, and perhaps another should I come across one, a chance. I see he was 20 when he wrote it, which is remarkable for that age but, perhaps, explains the overblown sentiment (or perhaps I'm a cynical old man 😄). Alain Fournier's poems written at about the same age appeal to me more. I've not heard of Parra, so another for the watchlist 😊 2w
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Jawbone | Mnica Ojeda
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Mehso-so

This is a dark read about the horror of becoming a woman. Teenage girls doing games , “which are only fun when they‘re dangerous”, their teacher being a frightened woman, traumatized and afraid of her students. Everyone is terrified and fascinated by eachother. I don‘t it‘s a spoiler to say this couldn‘t end well. Not my kind of book, but intriguing enough to finish it, this mix of horror and psychological drama. Set in #Ecuador

(Pic: Paris!)

Cinfhen Hmmmm, I can‘t remember if I already checked off Ecuador ….I think I did 🙈 2w
Librarybelle Wow! I‘ll probably pass on this one, but an awesome find on Ecuador! 2w
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LaraReads Beautiful photo! But, yes, definitely not my genre either! But awesome prompt usage! 2w
Hooked_on_books I just started this one today. It‘s a little confusing, frankly. But I‘m not far in. I‘ll finish it because it‘s on the National Book Awards shortlist for translated literature and I‘m reading the whole list (or trying to). If it continues the way the first couple of chapters are going, I‘m probably not going to like it much. 2w
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books I bought it because of the National book award too, otherwise I wouldn‘t I think. Some chapters are great, some not so. The ending is out of control imo. 2w
squirrelbrain Ooh Paris! Are you working there? Great review - doesn‘t sound like the book for me though! 2w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Yes, just an overnight stay but always nice of course! I wouldn‘t really recommend the book. 2w
Addison_Reads @Hooked_on_books This book was confusing for me, and as an audiobook I really had a hard time keeping track of things. @BarbaraBB I definitely agree that the ending was just completely off the rails. 2w
Hooked_on_books @Addison_Reads I went back and restarted it after the first three chapters, really focusing on what the heck was going on. After that I wasn‘t confused. But I was not a fan. I felt like the long essay from Anneliese didn‘t feel like something a student would truly submit in places. 2w
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books That essay was good but felt unrealistic indeed. From that point onwards the book went off the rails for me @Addison_Reads 2w
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#ReadingTheAmericas2023 #Chile 🇨🇱
On the way to Scotland for a few days. Naturally, it's pissing down, but as I've prepared for that eventuality with a massive stack of books & a bottle of whisky, I won't mind staying in, or getting soaked & wrapping up afterwards, as the case may be 🌧️📚🥃
Mrs B is driving while I read. Soundtrack has included The Proclaimers, Aztec Camera & Paolo Nutini for 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 solidarity, but Elvis is on now 🎶

BarbaraBB I love Neruda 💕💕💕 2w
TrishB This sounds fab! 2w
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LeahBergen I have a soft spot for this Neruda collection. ❤️ Enjoy your getaway! 2w
Librarybelle Enjoy your trip!! 2w
Bookwomble @BarbaraBB @TrishB @LeahBergen @Librarybelle Thank you all - we had a touch of snow overnight, which looks lovely while not being too much of an inconvenience 😊 Unfortunately the Neruda didn't quite do it for me 🤷🏻‍♂️ 2w
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Tentacle | Rita Indiana
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#ReadingTheAmericas2023 #DominicanRepublic 🇩🇴
This had Philip K. Dick feels, with relatively ordinary people getting drawn into mind bending situations, perceptual time/reality slips, and fluidity of personality and body. It takes in politics, art theory, climate catastrophe, challenges a Eurocentric scientific worldview with Afro-Caribbean spirituality, and centres trans experience in the MC.
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Bookwomble Lots going on, and it was good, though I think I was missing a sense of heart, so I didn't feel fully invested in the characters. 3.5 ⭐
Parental Advisory: Swears, sex, drugs and violence, sometimes all at once, but not all the time
@Librarybelle @BarbaraBB
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Brother, I'm Dying | Edwidge Danticat
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#WeeklyForecast 11/23

I am reading the obscure Jawbone right now, it‘s a weird book. Next will be an easy Dutch one and then the Danticat, to which I‘ve been looking forward! This way I‘ll have finished two more books for #ReadingtheAmericas2023 by the end of the week!

TrishB Have a good week 👍🏻 2w
squirrelbrain Have a great week, Barbara! 2w
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