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4thhouseontheleft
March: Book Two | Andrew Aydin, John Lewis
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Finished Book Two over breakfast this morning, Maya is still reading it. This volume gets deep into some of the most violent moments during the Civil Rights era. I have such a profound and deep respect for resistors like John Lewis who stood firm on their principles of civil disobedience and nonviolence in the face of such despicable acts of violence against them.

#booksandbreakfast
#mandmchallenge2020 #History

BarbaraTheBibliophage He is amazing! As are all the people willing to put their bodies on the line for freedom. 2m
4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage He is! I was fortunate to have the opportunity to meet him when he led a march to the polls in Charlotte in 2016. He lives up to his legend. now
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tdrosebud
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This was fun to listen to. It was read by Billy and he did voices and was very animated with certain sections. Some of the chapters were also read in front of an audience which added to the overall story.
#mandmchallenge2020 (audio) @BarbaraTheBibliophage
#jennyis30 # autobiography @jenniferw88
#LitsyAtoZ @BookishMarginalia

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4thhouseontheleft
March: Book One | John Robert Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
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The first volume of March goes backs and forth between the day of Barack Obama‘s inauguration in 2009, and John Lewis‘s childhood and early years in the civil rights movement.

It‘s an extraordinary memoir in graphic novel format, and sparked some excellent conversations with Maya this morning. I‘m looking forward to reading the next two.

#motherdaughterbookclub
#nonfiction2020 #aboutrace
#LitsyAtoZ Letter M #graphicnovel
#pop20 #4starrating

4thhouseontheleft Also fits #NewSeries prompt for #mandmchallenge2020. Books 2 and 3 will be slotted for #History and #POCAuthor @BarbaraTheBibliophage 22h
BookishMarginalia Love the pins! 20h
4thhouseontheleft @BookishMarginalia Thank you! I save all my pins from campaigns and events 😄 20h
BarbaraTheBibliophage Terrific choices for those prompts! 📚♥️👊🏻 13h
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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In Miracle Creek, author Angie Kim creates a whodunit with a side helping of the difficult realities of achieving the American Dream. Kim blends tragedy, kids with chronic illness, moms who will do anything to help them, teenage angst, and cultural pride. It‘s a delicate balancing act, and she does an admirable job.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2020
#chronicillness #mandmchallenge2020 #memoirsandmysteries

Reviewsbylola This one was fascinating to me. One of my children is autistic, and some of the parents in the book really pissed me off. 4d
Cathythoughts Great review! I agree she does an admirable job 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3d
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @Reviewsbylola From what I found, one of her kids is special needs and they used HBOT. She knows this situation from the inside. 3d
Reviewsbylola I didn‘t realize that! Fascinating—I just looked up and read some articles. I know nothing about HBOT and if my child had actual medical conditions that could be helped by it, I would certainly give it a shot. My dismay with the parents in the book is that that represent real parents often found in the autism world. Those that treat autism as a disease to be cured. Being neuro divergent is not a bad thing. Don‘t get me wrong, my child receives ⬇️ 2d
Reviewsbylola therapies such as speech and OT to help with autism related delays that she has, but the idea that autism should be cured is something I will never agree with. This is just a personal sticking point with me, and nothing against the author as I think that her depictions were honest portrayals. 2d
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HOTPock3tt
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Since I‘m the last person on earth to read this book I‘ll just share my thoughts 😂 This started out as SO much fun!! 🤗 then turned very VERY dark... but all throughout it was brilliantly written with passages about love that I have felt but could never express. Probably very daring for the time it was written. All in all it was a fun ride. Somewhat sinister at times.
#mandmchallenge2020 #memoirsandmysteries #Classic
#Jennyis30 #classics

Rissreads Your not the last! I'm still to read it. You have inspired me to read it this year ❤ 5d
HOTPock3tt @Rissreads I hope you love it as well! ☺️ 5d
BarbaraTheBibliophage I have an ancient copy of this and remember loving it when I was in school. For those passages that sing, even though, as you said, so much is really dark. 1d
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lele1432
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind | William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer
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This memoir was about so much more than just a disadvantaged Malawian boy creating a windmill for electricity. At its core is a tale of ingenuity in the face of adversity, coupled with the power of friends, family, and strangers who believe in you and your potential. 4⭐️s! Other topics tackled included: scarcity, famine, effects of hunger on the brain, predatory price-gouging during famine, school fees and the cycle of poverty,👇🏽

lele1432 “Magic” and superstition used as a scapegoat for HIV/AIDS and famine, deforestation aiding in flooding and drought, farm livelihood dependent upon weather and fertilizer, and government corruption. It packed in a LOT and I admit some of the technical parts went over my head. But overall, an inspirational story I‘m glad to have read! Thanks @RachelO! (edited) 6d
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lele1432 #PopSugarReadingChallenge #PopSugar2020 #Pop20 Written by an author in their 20s 6d
lele1432 #Nonfiction2020 Something about climate change, energy or environment @Riveted_Reader_Melissa (edited) 6d
lele1432 #JanuaryBookBingo recommended by a friend. I'm tired. 😬 6d
Cinfhen Nice one 🙌🏻💜That‘s the way to play!!!!! 6d
4thhouseontheleft I really like this book too. And, wow! #PromptQueen 👏 6d
RachelO Your prompts!! Brilliant! 🤣😂🤣 So glad you enjoyed it - he really did pack a lot in there. It shouldn‘t have, but the school fees thing really shocked me - it had just never occurred to me that the family would need to pay for his education in those circumstances. 6d
lele1432 @RachelO yes! I know here in the States we really take free primary/secondary education for granted. The school fees situation creating this cycle of poverty despite his obvious talent and ability to learn was heartbreaking. But it had a happy ending! 😊 6d
lele1432 Ah! Forgot #LitsyAtoZ for letter B! @BookishMarginalia 6d
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
In Pieces | Sally Field
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I love seeing young Sally on the cover, but I also wanted to share the back cover. Ms. Field is a wise woman, whose effort to learn to act in her 20s led her to Oscars and Emmys. Now she‘s written a book about her life, balancing poignant family stories with Hollywood truths. She‘s put the same effort into writing that she did into acting. 5 big stars!

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2020
#booked2020 #parentandchildmemoir

Cinfhen Great review, Barb! I have so much respect for Sally Fields as both actress and a female. This book was painfully honest & sincere. 7d
4thhouseontheleft So many Littens recommending this right now! Next time I am in the mood for a celebrity memoir I will look at picking it up! (edited) 7d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Thanks. I feel the same! 7d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft Yes, I noticed I‘m not alone. And I do recommend the audio too. 7d
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gradcat
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Against a backdrop of tension, turmoil and aggression in Franco‘s civil war in Spain, Maisie Dobbs attempts to find some calm after losing her husband and child in Canada. Unable and/or unwilling to return to England immediately after the double tragedy, Maisie spends a year or two in India in order to grieve in privacy before returning home. Once she takes to decision to go home, though, great unease and trepidation cause her to debark in 👇🏻

gradcat ☝️Gibraltar rather than travel on to England. Once there, the psychologist/investigator stumbles (quite literally) onto a dead body, and a mystery to be solved. As Maisie battles a kind of emotional malaise and fatigue borne of grief to find a killer, she finds herself becoming stronger in mind and body. This is the 11th in a series that began post-WWI & now is inevitably approaching the breakout of WWII. Great book; great series. 👇🏻 1w
Louise Such a good series! I remember this one being particularly sad. I was even angry with the author for doing this to Maisie! ☺️ 1w
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4thhouseontheleft I love this series too 1w
EadieB @gradcat Nice review! 7d
Cinfhen Great review as always ❣️ 7d
Andrew65 This is the next one up for me in he series. Took a break in the series after she left the U.K. It is a favourite series and time to get back to it. Thanks for this great review. (edited) 7d
Andrew65 Thanks for the tag 😍 7d
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great pick for these prompts. I need to get back to this series! 📚♥️👊🏻 7d
gradcat @Louise @4thhouseontheleft @Andrew65 @BarbaraTheBibliophage They really are good reads. Winspear‘s novels are well written as well as well researched, but I, too, stopped reading them for a bit. I‘m really glad I got back to them—learned a lot about Gibraltar—but this one is really sad. Thanks for stopping by, @EadieB & @Cinfhen to drop off such kind words! ♥️♥️♥️ 6d
Crazeedi I loved the first several mMaise Dobbs books, but the last couple not so much 5d
gradcat @Crazeedi I liked this one a LOT! But it‘s terribly sad... 3d
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Cinfhen
Me | Elton John
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Just a joyful delight to read. I celebrated every high & low with this charming talented man with a big voice & even bigger heart. I shed a few tears along the way for all of his generosity and good deeds. Loved this one and I‘m glad I had the physical copy as the enclosed personal photos are really special 💖
Challenge Prompts below 👇🏼

OriginalCyn620 I loved this one! Love Elton! 1w
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dariazeoli This one is sitting on my Kindle waiting. So glad it‘s a good one! 1w
Cinfhen It was a really fabulous read @dariazeoli @OriginalCyn620 1w
4thhouseontheleft I admit to looking at the physical copy in a bookstore so I could see the photos when I listened to the audiobook. 😁 1w
Cinfhen The photos were really wonderful and plentiful @4thhouseontheleft which made this joyful book even more memorable 7d
KarenUK Hubby is just stating this today.... he just finished Just Mercy (which he loved), so this sounds perfect for some lighter fare... 💕 7d
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 7d
TrishB All those prompts 👍🏻👏🏻 7d
BarbaraTheBibliophage Definitely planning on picking this one up! Great job on #allthoseprompts! 6d
Cinfhen I loved Just Mercy but it was heavy so this is a perfect palette cleanser and it‘s sooooo good @KarenUK hope Paul is feeling well. Still no BD yet, mail delivery here has been AWFUL!!! 6d
Cinfhen The first few weeks I‘m a #challengeSlayer @BarbaraTheBibliophage @TrishB but then I start to fizzle when it comes to the more challenging prompts 😆 6d
HOTPock3tt So glad you loved this one as well! 😃♥️🎉 5d
Cinfhen Totally a fan @HOTPock3tt 🙌🏻 5d
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Cinfhen
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Such an important piece of narrative history. The story of Cudjo Lewis one of the last African men who was brought over to America on a slave ship. His story was heartbreaking and his life after being “freed” was still fraught & painful. Despite his hardships Cudjo Lewis displayed such dignity & humanity. I HIGHLY suggest the audio as the narrator really captures the flavor of the dialect.
Challenge Prompts below 👇🏼

lele1432 I‘m glad I did the audio for this one too! 1w
RachelO I‘m looking forward to getting properly into this - sadly I think it‘ll have to be print though. 1w
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Cinfhen I‘m sure it‘ll still be a very powerful read @RachelO 1w
TrishB I have this on my kindle 👍🏻 but have done two NF in the last week so I‘m definitely on a fiction binge for the rest of the month 😁 1w
Cinfhen Oops, forgot this also works for #OneWordTitle #ReadingWithMrBook @MrBook 1w
Megabooks Thanks for mentioning this one. It has gotten lost in the shuffle of my mind! 1w
Cinfhen It‘s super short @Megabooks but really worth your time!!! Listen to audio 1w
Cinfhen Yes, you‘ve fulfilled your NF quota @TrishB 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa This one has been on my to-read list for awhile now... I must push it up again. 1w
Cinfhen It‘s good @Riveted_Reader_Melissa so I was surprised to see a bunch of negative reviews on GoodReads 7d
MrBook Ooh, sounds like a great one!!! 7d
BarbaraTheBibliophage Wait, this is a #memoir? I thought it was a #biography ... but it‘s your call. Or was it a #mystery? I‘m glad the audio was good pick. This could work for #finishinaday also, right? 6d
Cinfhen So technically it‘s a biography @BarbaraTheBibliophage BUT it‘s an actual transcript of Codju Lewis‘s words uninterrupted or edited so I took that to be a memoir , for this challenge at least😜 ZNH does give context to their meetings but she never interjects or steers the conversation. It‘s really fascinating and worth listening too. 6d
Cinfhen And yes, it‘s less than 3 1/2 hours on audio and the last 45 minutes is African fables @BarbaraTheBibliophage 6d
BarbaraTheBibliophage Interesting—it‘s a memoir wrapped in commentary / biography. Good call and glad you liked it! Moving it up my list! 5d
Cinfhen If you can listen to the audio I recommend going that route @BarbaraTheBibliophage 😊 5d
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