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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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I struggled with the dry, professorial tone Jones uses, but the content of the stories is terrific. Think of it as a series of mini-biographies starting in the mid 1800s and moving to current day. Black women found unique and powerful ways to work for equality—especially but not exclusively their own. They taught, wrote, preached, and of course, protested.

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vlwelser Great review. I feel the same way about it (though I'm not finished). 6d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @vlwelser Thanks! I had to get it back to the library, since I‘d already renewed it once. 🤪 6d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yes…totally agree 6d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa But I‘m so glad I read it. And for you gathering all these great #SheSaid books and readers together! 6d
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Gold Diggers: A Novel | Sanjena Sathian
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The is a genre mash-up story. Its MC is second generation Indian American. He struggles to develop the focus and drive of the 1st-Gen. There‘s also some history around the drive to find gold in the US—from Georgia to CA. And there‘s a big gulp of magical realism around the idea of alchemy—ingesting gold to create a better life. The heart of it is about family and community, though.

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BarbaraBB I have this book but it didn‘t really appeal to me. Reading your review has changed that. 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @BarbaraBB Glad I could give you the nudge! I‘m a magical realism loving reader, so please factor that into your thoughts. For example, I‘d never recommend this one to @Cinfhen . 🤣🤣 2w
Cinfhen Hahah 🤣🤣 I was gonna say this is NOT for me…#MagicalRealism is NOT my jam 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen I know!! And this one has a lot, despite all its other themes. 😘 2w
BarbaraBB Haha! 2w
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Wish You Were Here | Jodi Picoult
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This is part pandemic story, part travelogue, part “finding yourself” tale, with a dash of romance thrown in. It pulled me in and spun me around. With the exception of one plot pivot towards the end, I liked it a lot. Picoult does her background research and it shows. But she didn‘t lose sight of her characters‘ heart and resilience.

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kspenmoll Nice review! 2w
TNbookworm Great review! 2w
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
City of Time and Magic | Paula Brackston
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*Pub date 11/23/21*

This historical fiction series with a big time travel twist is growing into a favorite. Brackston works both aspects of the story well, with historic details. And the way she makes the MC travel or “spin” time is intriguing and unique. I also like the progression she goes through from tentative traveler to one growing in confidence and influence.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Shay is a California-born African American, working as a university professor in Milan. Her husband Senna is a successful Italian businessman. As Europeans do, they vacation on a small island off the coast of Madagascar and fall in love with a large red house. Lee tells stories of expatriate life, modern day castes and classism, and ironies of life within all of those.

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Salt Houses | Hala Alyan
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A multi-generational story set around the world—mostly in the Middle East. Matriarch Salma‘s family moves from country to country to stay safe amidst the realities of ongoing conflicts and wars. Beyond that, Alyan explores identity and otherness through her various characters. A nuanced portrayal of Muslim life in the the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

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kplovesbooks Pretty cover! 3w
Librarybelle This is on my to read list! 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Librarybelle I really liked this one. Started it as I waited for an airplane ride. And didn‘t put it down the whole flight! 3w
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @kplovesbooks It is! I also like some of the other cover versions I‘ve seen. 3w
Crazeedi Most interesting! 3w
BarbaraBB It sounds good. I wonder why I didn‘t pick it up for one of the Middle Eastern countries. 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @BarbaraBB It is good. And works for a couple of different countries since the family moves a few times. Well, another time … 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Crazeedi It was definitely interesting! 3w
Reggie I just saw you on YouTube on @shawnmooney and even though I am not an audio person, this really piqued my interest. Also, I kept waiting for for the mention of a curse with the title that the book has, but maybe that‘s one of the spoilers. Anyways, great video! (edited) 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Reggie I haven‘t even watched yet!! But I‘m glad you enjoyed it because we had fun doing it. And yes, you might enjoy that audiobook. It‘s only 90 minutes long, so maybe you can manage. LOL. 3w
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Dr. MeiLan Han transfers years of knowledge as a lung doctor, or pulmonologist, to the printed word in her upcoming book. She talks about diseases, treatments, and especially about our general attitude toward lung health. Basically, we ignore it until it‘s nearly too late. She wants to energize people to understand their lungs better—and start preserving function ⬇️

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BarbaraTheBibliophage … as early as possible. Her writing style is super dry but the information is vital to overall health. Low pick for style. Full pick for validity of information. 4w
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Nicole Bell tells her story of a thriving marriage unexpectedly disrupted by illness and dementia. Once I started it, I couldn‘t put it down. Bell and her husband have two young kids. She lands a great job, they build their dream house, and things feel on target. Until her husband‘s health starts to crumble and Bell must adjust. She tries to pick up the pieces against the odds.

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The Vanished Days | Susanna Kearsley
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This is historical fiction set the turmoil of Scotland around one of the Jacobite uprisings. And it‘s also about a young woman, Lily, her childhood relationships and trauma. Much of the action is told in hindsight by various narrators, and we have to sort through truth and fiction. I wanted more Lily and less historical minutiae.

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Hooked_on_books Too bad it wasn‘t better, but that cover is gorgeous! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Hooked_on_books I normally love this author, so I was super excited for the ARC. Then it just dragged … as for the cover, I believe that‘s the River Clyde. Part of the story takes place in Leith, which is along its banks. 1mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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This is an incredibly diverse group of essays, introspections, histories, biographies, and poems. Covering 400 years and including work from 80 writers, it taught me so much. Many of the writers are academic so a) they are experts and b) they present information in a readable manner. The audio is excellent but I need to revisit some essays in print because they‘re deep.

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