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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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Marcellus will always be one of my favorite characters, and Tova, well she is right up there too.

What a lovely story.

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Of Women and Salt | Gabriela Garcia
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A story of women and oh what a story. Throughout the book I kept thinking about the relationship between Jeanette and Ana, now I know.

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Sinister Graves | Marcie R. Rendon
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3rd in the series. Each book deals with a mystery and Cash discovering who she is after such a traumatic childhood. This book is dedicated to #MMIW and #stolenchildren.
I hope to read more of Cash Blackbear.

charl08 Ooh! I didn't know there was a new one. I think this series is just brilliant.Thank you for posting. 3w
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All anyone really wants is “home”

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I have mixed feelings about this book. I like a book that makes me “feel” but I just wasn‘t feeling this one.
All in all, life can be sad.

Tamra Love that cover art though! 3w
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The Island: A Thriller | Ragnar Jonasson
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Atmospheric crime novel is a good description.

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The Swimmers | Julie Otsuka
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So we‘ll written and so heartfelt. I have a big lump in my throat.

Suet624 I‘m trying to find this book. It‘s received great reviews. 1mo
Jolynne I did the audio from my library. 1mo
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The Trees: A Novel | Percival Everett
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What a fascinating and humourous take on hate, racism, and police violence. The humor and wit are outstanding, especially considering the horrid history of America. Those few chapters on past presidents, so funny.
Quote from author that resonated with me because this book could surely be banned. “There‘s a reason that oppressive regimes often resort to burning book.”

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Killers of a Certain Age | Deanna Raybourn
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That was fun! I‘m 60ish and can see myself jumping out of airplanes, making poisonous concoctions, being a crack shot with a pistol, and hitting a carotid artery with a knife on the first try. 😜

TheKidUpstairs I just finished this one and loved it too! It would make a great movie, I kept casting it in my head as I read it! 1mo
Jolynne It would be an awesome movie. 1mo
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Olga Dies Dreaming | Xochitl Gonzalez
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The characters are not very likable but in this case, that is fine. The author tells with no uncertain terms the historical injustices committed to Puerto Rico from colonialism, lack of aid caused by devastating hurricanes, and racial oppression of brown and black people, to name a few. The siblings…

Jolynne The siblings have grown to be everything their activist/revolutionary mother despises, the reason she abandoned them, therein is the main plot and excellence of this story. 1mo
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Bluff | Michael Kardos
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A fun and different topic. I kind of, sort of had it figured but I didn‘t.

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Jolynne
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I really enjoyed this “kind of” mystery steeped in love, passion, and family.

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A look at reservation life in Maine through 12 related stories.

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Four Treasures of the Sky | Jenny Tinghui Zhang
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Hate in America is still strong and alive, proof is the banning of these types of books in the schools.

Excellent storytelling.

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More Than You'll Ever Know | Katie Gutierrez
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Listed as a mystery but not necessarily a mystery. Murder is the background to this story of love, desire, family, motherhood, and marriage.
I enjoyed the women along with all their faults and complexities.

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The Hacienda | Isabel Caas
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A pretty good haunted house tale but the priest thing kind of through me off. (I can‘t be more specific due to spoilers).

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Aue | Becky Manawatu
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Heart wrenching but hopeful tale of two Maori brothers and their family.
#alltimefave

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Real people, real issues, and some great social commenting lead to dispelling stereotypes of Appalachia.
My fave of the stories, The Saint, although there was not a bad story at all.

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Jolynne
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I do like historical fiction. This, as in most WWII novels deals with hardships, resilience, heartbreak, love, and friendship. Shanghai was a different setting.

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The Night Watchman | Louise Erdrich
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This story is not only based on one of the U.S. government's many attempts at genocide but a moving and touching story of the lives of real human beings.

Excellent, this may be my new favorite Erdrich novel.

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Jolynne
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Frightening to say the least.I‘m already aware of the changes on earth but this book…

The author said something along these lines, society was not ready nor did it handle the pandemic, what is it going to do when we are facing the last winter.

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Whiteout | Adriana Anders
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Had a great beginning.

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Fevered Star | Rebecca Roanhorse
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What a spectacular second book that leads to what I think is going to be an unbelievable finale. I hope that 3rd book comes soon.

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Bklover Yes! 7mo
sprainedbrain 🙌🏼 7mo
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The Strangers | Katherena Vermette
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Another beautifully written story from this author.

This one not only about love, survival, traditions, endurance and moving forward with hope for future generations, it‘s about loss, it‘s about generational trauma.

Very moving.

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Ender's Game | Orson Scott Card
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ARGH!! Why didn‘t I research this author before I read this book? I‘m so disappointed to have wasted my time reading this. I so wish I had not wasted my time with a racist, homophobic, misogynist man. (There are several articles out there if you want to know more).

I didn‘t even mention the child abuse.

Back to reading only Own Voices, POC and women.

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Jolynne
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This was a different take on a father daughter relationship. A bit drawn out and the ending, well, I wasn‘t so thrilled.

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Jolynne
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Terrifying to say the least but what an excellent look at what government control is capable of.

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The Lost Dreamer | Lizz Huerta
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Loved this YA story! It is rich in history, culture, atmosphere, and beauty. The two main characters are unforgettable. I especially appreciated the matriarchal aspects. My only negative, I read this on audio and one of the narrators was not so great.

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My Monticello: Fiction | Jocelyn Nicole Johnson
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Speculative fiction at its finest.
Patriotism is based on love towards people with an emphasis on values and beliefs.

proud boy types have it all wrong.

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Jolynne
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Tough read for a woman of the 21st century. Excellent writing of history for sure.

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Mehso-so

I choose this because of the title and the cover, but nothing else stirred my soul.

nichollinlove The whole "don't judge a book by it's cover" really does have a reverse effect with this one. I think I may have expected too much from this story and got less than I wanted. 9mo
Jolynne My thoughts exactly. 9mo
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The Golem and the Jinni | Helene Wecker
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Quite enjoyable.

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Jolynne
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A story about living the person you are and want to be regardless the consequences.

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Cute, heartfelt rom-com.

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Me Sexy | Drew Hayden Taylor
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No comment.

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Jolynne
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Nice and twisty but their were a few things that didn‘t add up.

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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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I forgot to add this to my 2021 books. Great story, in fact is one of my faves for the year.

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Elatsoe | Darcie Little Badger
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Awesome middle grade/YA storytelling based on ancestorial and secret knowledge with a bit of fantasy thrown in. I especially liked the truths of American history from an Indigenous person's view.

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Jolynne
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Interesting characters. A bit far fetched. Sometimes endearing. The ending was awesome (not what I expected and it changed my rating from a so-so to a pick).

JenniferP Good to know - this is on my shelf and I'm hoping to get to it in 2022!
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The Mountains Sing | Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai
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Through this work of fiction a brief history of Vietnam from the land reform years through the war told through the eyes of one family as they struggle to survive.

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The Guide: A novel | Peter Heller
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Listened to this on audio with hubby, he enjoyed it, for me it was meh. Author did make fly fishing sound enjoyable.

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Jolynne
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One of the best sequels I have ever read. (The Marrow Thieves is the first of the series)

Love, family, survival, culture, history, and heartbreak, and hope all come together in this story set in the future with the past history of residential schools and Indian boarding schools as the backdrop. Possibly the best book I read this year and one of the best sequels I have ever read.

AND, that acknowledgment, wow.

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Jolynne
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All in all a nice story about independent women. Beautiful jacket.

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Ring Shout | P Djeli Clark
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The Klan and the hate that feeds them (and so much more to this story.)

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Jolynne
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What a pleasant family tale with plenty of magic and mystery.

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Return of the Trickster | Eden Robinson
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Great finish to this trilogy. I thoroughly enjoyed this and hope the adaptation makes it to the states.
Jared and Maggie, both unforgettable characters.

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This book!
Absolutely stunning, the author gives us some of the worst of humankind and the beauty of friendship.
As for the ending, your decision.

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