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Singout

Joined January 2020

Audiobook-dependent, Canadian, passion for justice, history, protection of Earth, kindness. She/her pronouns.
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Another great #NYWD rec from @Amiable about a passionate young Nigerian woman who is determined to have a “louding voice” and make her own way despite all the odds and abuses stacked against her. Also a great #audiobook.
#Booked2022 #Africa
#ReadingAfrica2022 #Nigeria

Amiable Such a good book! Definitely one of my favorites from 2021. 2w
Cinfhen I listened to the audio too…SO GOOD 2w
BarbaraBB Wow! Good to know! 2w
Librarybelle So much love for this book! 2w
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Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies | Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

My #Bookspin list for May:

1. What is the What
2. How Much of Hills
3. Under the Undala Trees
4. Seeing Ghosts
5. Seven
6. New Jim Crow
7. Soldier Boy
8. Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments
9. A Long Way Gone
10. Disruption
11. The Innocents
12. The Mountains Sing
13. The Prophets
14. Follow Those Zebras
15. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
16. H is for Hawk
17. Unreconciled
18. The Underground Railroad
19. The Night Tiger
20. American Spy

BkClubCare H is for Hawk is excellent! Have fun with your list 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3w
Singout Soldier Boy, the Uganda book for Reading Africa, and, if I get to it, American Spy, the one for Burkina Faso. (edited) 2w
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The Last Gift: A Novel | Abdulrazak Gurnah
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A beautiful novel: shifting between the present and past of a dying African man in England who has never revealed his pre-sailor origins to his wife and children, of his wife, a foundling, and of his young adult son and daughter. Explores knowing identity, family dynamics, aging, and race issues, although I thought little was made of the fact that his adult kids are racialized.
#ReadingAfrica2022 #Can'tSayWhatCountry
#Booked2022 #AfricanAuthor

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Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies | Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
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This one is hard to describe: beautiful and powerful, but definitely poetic and non-linear. The characters are a mix of people and animals representing different bodily and emotional characteristics, and shift between poetic reflection and description of concrete experiences as they try to connect with the natural world in my very built-up home city of Tkaronto.

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An excellent novel: five Indigenous students from a residential school on a B.C. island escape or are released at different times, and have lives that intentionally or accidentally intersect. All of them deal with the exploitation and abuse they have survived in different ways, and the book looks at both the impact of internalized trauma and healing through activism, traditional spirituality, and mutual support.
#Booked2022 #OwnChoice #Indigenous

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The Last Gift: A Novel | Abdulrazak Gurnah

The owner remarkably was not a Pakistani but an Englishman. He had a a small Union Jack pennant on the counter and another one behind him. Whenever he came to the store, and was met with the owner‘s hostility, Jamal was reminded in a small way of how dangerous every day was. Leyna from the flat across the landing had come with him once, and was so surprised at the man‘s silent rage at her that she swore never to return.

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Survival and dignity were priorities, but to fight for them meant taking on challenges of economics, sex and gender politics, and race. These were also my first lessons in intersectional feminism: consent, success, choice, agency, pleasure, access to information, and access to contraception, up to and including abortion, were essential elements of true sexual equality. I knew that Black women in particular were often denied access to these things.

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When Stars Are Scattered | Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed
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My progress on #ReadingAfrica2022: four countries, with post-apcocalyptic novel, a murder mystery, a kids' book, and a bail.

Librarybelle Great progress! And, a nice variety! 1mo
BarbaraBB Doing good!!! 1mo
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Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies | Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
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[Wild goose] Mandanimakuk‘s responsibility is to observe the function of the system as a whole, to take note of inconsistencies and weaknesses, to watch how the system generates and uses energy...Sure, the formation is made up of individuals, and individuals are formations in and of themselves but that is the trick, to not get caught up in one‘s own body, one‘s own experience, one‘s own cycling head. Synergy matters because it is incomprehensible.

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Excellent #NYWD rec from @Amiable: probably my first war strategy book. The history of war planes before and during World War II, focusses on how new technology meant that very specific targets could be used with less deaths, leading to conflict in the USAF and between them and Britain over this method on Germany and Japan vs “carpet bombing.” Very intriguing analysis of war ethics I shared with fellow peaceniks.
#Nonfiction2022 #Brain
#Audiobook

Amiable I'm so thrilled that you loved this one! I was mesmerized by it. Gladwell is SUCH an engaging author and narrator. 1mo
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Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies | Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Ceremony strengthens the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain responsible for emotional regulation and empathy. Ceremony is not just one big dumping ground of sharing circle. It is not a performance. It is not even necessarily designed to make you feel better. It is exercise. The repetitive meditative nature, the long hours, continually bringing wandering distracted minds back into the present strengthens the prefrontal cortex.

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Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies | Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Ninaatig also keeps a mason jar of soil in their shopping cart, for the times when they are surrounded by concrete and can‘t find any. It is not enough to provide nutrients, but it is enough to provide emotional comfort, which is a fact too complex for “The Hidden Life of Trees.”

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Chipping away at #Nonfiction2022: one third of the way through the year.

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I read this after doing *lots* of looking for a #Booked2022 publication from a #BlackOwnedPublisher or imprint. It was interesting seeing how hard it is to figure out who has published a book and the logistics of imprints, especially since audiobooks from the library are “published“ by someone other than the print book.
I eventually found Tiny Reparations Press, founded by this author (technically she wrote this before TRP but good enough.) ⬇︎

Singout It was sometimes a challenge: Phoebe Robinson is a successful comedian, best known for “2 Dope Queens“ podcast. and, well, I'm a 51-year-old White middle-class well-educated person used to fairly academic writing about racism. Robinson challenges White supremacy from her own personal experience, but peppers it with pop culture references, and terms like “lady boner“ in the first sentence. A new take that was good for me.
#NonFiction2022 #Loud
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company

“The education of his children and the success of his thrift seem to be the sole offence of the Negro,” Governor Dorsey said…Today Black Americans far removed from slavery and Jim Crow continue to be handed the economic misfortune of their forebears.

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You see, I‘ve spent my life learning that I am, at all costs, supposed to care more for a white person‘s feelings than my own. That if I hurt them or they decide that I have, that I am to feel guilty. And even when it was so abundantly clear that I was not in the wrong for objecting to someone using the hundreds of years of pain and misery for my people as the backdrop for a love story, I was still being painted with the angry black woman brush.

merelybookish Feels relevant. 🤨 2mo
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Rage Becomes Her | Soraya Chemaly

It is a particularly delicious irony that conservatives who bemoan declining heterosexual marriage can best prop up the institution not by doubling down on traditional binary gender roles but by embracing their fluidity.

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On that day with that White Director, I made the choice to never again be quiet, to never again suck it up. I challenged him. And I will do it again. If that makes me uppity, so be it. At least people know I‘m no longer a vessel that they can use to act out their racist feelings. They will know that I think I‘m worth fighting for. They will know that I have a fire burning inside me. They will know that I‘m alive. #Racism #BlackLivesMatter

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My April #bookspin list!
1. Noopiming
2. Cloud Cuckoo Land
3. How Much of these Hills is Gold
4. Under the Undala Trees
5. Seeing Ghosts
6. Seven
7. New Jim Crow
8. Soldier Boy
9. The Purpose of Power
10. A Long Way Gone
11. Disruption
12. The Innocents
13. The Mountains Sing
14. Spectacle
15. Follow Those Zebras
16. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
17. H is for Hawk
18. The Last Gift
19. The Underground Railroad
20. The Night Tiger

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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The psychologist Daniel Wegner has this beautiful concept called “transactive memory,” which is the observation that we don‘t just store information in our minds or in specific places. We store memories and understanding in the minds of people we love. You don‘t need to remember your child‘s emotional relationship to her teacher because you know your wife will...when your partner dies, all that you have stored in your partner‘s brain is gone.

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I enjoyed this: set in 2023, a global virus has taken over (sound familiar?) with a particularly lethal effect on men. In a reverse of The Handmaid's Tale, men are a precious commodity that the government wants to control, and the main character is a woman on the run through the US keeping her pre-teen son safe and desperately seeking to get home to #SouthAfrica (author's home). I'm including it for #ReadingAfrica2022
#Booked2022 #nonpatriarchal

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Rage Becomes Her | Soraya L Chemaly

Epistemic injustice consists of testimonial injustice, the speaker not being taken seriously, and hermeneutical injustice, having one‘s social experience denied or hidden.

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Wife of the Gods: A Novel | Kwei J. Quartey
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I enjoyed this: a murder mystery that is part of a series by a Ghanaian American author. It combines the whodunnit style centred on a less than perfect detective with explorations of traditional Ghanaian religious beliefs and practices, looking at how they support or challenge people, and tensions with Western medicine and culture.
#ReadingAfrica2022 #Ghana
#Booked2022 #Religion
#Bookspin

Cinfhen Nice!!! 2mo
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This Mournable Body: A Novel | Tsitsi Dangarembga
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I just could not get through this one: it was too bad, because I found the elements of Zimbabwean history and culture intriguing, especially as I have a childhood memory of news of the revolution. However, the second person voice, the main character‘s bitter life, and the somewhat disjointed narrative were just too much for me.
#ReadingAfrica2022 #Zimbabwe

Librarybelle I have a hard time reading second person narratives as well. 2mo
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company

There is some comfort, I think, in attributing the sheer brutality of slavery to dumb racism, the imagined pain being afflicted somewhat at random doled out by a stereotypical poor white Southerner full of racist hate…But it wasn‘t so much the rage of the poor white Southerner as the greed of the rich white planter that drove the lash. The violence was neither arbitrary nor gratuitous, it was a rational part of the plantation‘s design.

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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company

By the eve of the Civil War…the combined value of enslaved people exceeded that of all the railroads and factories in the nation.

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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This disappointed me, with interesting characters, an intriguing structure, and some important messages. However, it just didn‘t hang together: several characters and perspectives that I couldn‘t engage with, and an ending that made no sense to me at all.
#Booked2022 #TitleRepeatsItself

fredthemoose I felt the same way about this book! 3mo
Cinfhen I remember thinking that the author showed real potential but this book was missing something. 3mo
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Know My Name: A Memoir | Chanel Miller
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This was *such* a powerful book: thanks to @Amiable for the rev! Chanel Miller was raped by a stranger when too drunk to consent, took her attacker to court, and went viral as “Emily Doe” after he walked free after 3 months. Important issues: women do have a voice, vulnerability of people who don‘t have clear memory in the legal system, lack of support for trauma survivors, need for systemic change.
#NYWD #Nonfiction2022 #BodyPositive

Amiable This book is an absolute tour de force. I am in awe of Chanel‘s courage, grit and perseverance. 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great book and great review! 2mo
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#Bookspin list for March:

1. Noopiming
2. Cloud Cuckoo Land
3. How Much of Hills
4. Bomber Mafia
5. Five Little Indians
6. Seven
7. New Jim Crow
8. Soldier Boy
9. This Mournable Body
10. A Long Way Gone
11. Disruption
12. The Innocents
13. The Mountains Sing
14. Everything Inside
15. Follow Those Zebras
16. The Boy Who Halrnessed the Wind
17. H is for Hawk
18. The Last Gift
19. Wife of the Gods
20. The Night Tiger

Suet624 Great books on this list. 3mo
Singout Thank you! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
Singout Not to late to change How Much of These Mountains to The Sentence! 3mo
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Know My Name: A Memoir | Chanel Miller

“The barricades that held us down will not work any more. And when silence and shame are gone, there will be nothing to stop us. We will not stand by as our mouths are covered, bodies entered. We will speak, we will speak, we will speak.”

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Know My Name: A Memoir | Chanel Miller

In Elliot [Rodger‘s] world, the unspoken law was that women owed him sex. We existed only to receive him. Those were the rules, that was our purpose. Sex was his right, and our responsibility. The punishment in his world for breaking his laws, for rejecting sex, was death.

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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“We‘ve known the shooter could show up anywhere…the bullets have been coming for miles, years. The tragedy of it all will be unspeakable, the fact that we‘ve been fighting for decades to be recognized as a present-tense people, modern and relevant, alive, only to die in the grass wearing feathers.”

This piece on constant vulnerability of Indigenous people spoke to me today, as a white person thinking about the recent murder of a white friend.

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange

“[Indigenous] kids are jumping out of burning buildings falling to their deaths, and we think the problem is that they‘re jumping. And this is what we‘ve done. We‘ve tried to find ways to get them to stop jumping, convince them that burning alive is better than leaving when the shit gets too hot for them to take. We‘ve boarded up windows and made better nets to catch them, found more convincing ways to persuade them not to jump.”

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When Stars Are Scattered | Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed
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This was really thoughtful and well written: I appreciated that the audio was done using different voices which really made it come to life. The true story of young Omar Mohamed, who shares a bit at the end, caring for his disabled younger brother and seeking freedom from a refugee camp in Kenya after fleeing war-torn Somalia.
#Booked2022 #Weather
#ReadingAfrica2022 #Somalia

Librarybelle That is so cool about the audio! I agree that it makes the book come alive. @BarbaraBB - another great choice for Somalia! 3mo
BarbaraBB Sounds very good indeed! 3mo
Cinfhen Fantastic choice!! Might use this for #Somalia 🤩 3mo
Singout Yes, it could technically apply to either Somalia or Kenya. 3mo
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company

“The more [Blacks] imported, the more British goods were made and exported for trade. The [Black] trade was the foundation of an inexhaustible source of wealth and naval power to this nation.” 1745, Malachy Postletwayt, author of “The African Trade.”

Stomach-turning how completely dehumanizing and imperialist this is.

megnews I highlighted this in my reading too. Very painful to read. 4mo
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Unknown Book 7862140 | Unknown Unknown
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My #Bookspin list for February:
1. Noopiming
2. Cloud Cuckoo Land
3. How Much of Hills
4. Know My Name
5. Five Little Indians
6. Seven
7. New Jim Crow
8. Soldier Boy
9. This Mournable Body
10. A Long Way Gone
11. Heir to the Glimmering World
12. The Innocents
13. The Mountains Sing
14. Everything Inside
15. Follow Those Zebras
16. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
17. H is for Hawk
18. The Last Gift
19. Transcendent Kingdom
20. The Night Tiger

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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It was fun to get back to Louise Penny‘s Armand Garmache series for my January #Bookspin: this one was complex and intense, although I was proud to see two of the clues before the detectives did! Interesting insights into Canadian police training, among other things.
#Booked2022 #SetInAnInn

Cinfhen Yay for your sleuthing skills 😁❣️ 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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Thanks to @Amiable for another topic I wouldn‘t have chosen, but was fascinating: the Challenger disaster that took place when I was 15. The specific focus was on the dedicated woman teacher “passenger,” (although she got trained.) He does a great job of sharing her background and entry into the program, how the actual crisis unfolded, and the aftermath, both personal and political.
#Nonfiction2022 #Disaster
#NYWD
#Booked2022 #Exploration

Amiable I‘m so glad you liked it! I was a freshman in college and was watching the launch for my astronomy class. It‘s one of those “where were you when history happened?” kind of moments. (edited) 4mo
Singout Wow, that‘s incredible. I have a hazy memory of it being in the news but that‘s all. 4mo
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When Stars Are Scattered | Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed
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“For me, the first years are lost.”
#FirstLineFridays

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This was my #China pick for #Booked2022, partly because it was written and published in China and translated. Hua is a novelist, but this piece of non-fiction chooses 10 words that he thinks are emblematic of Chinese history and culture beginning with his childhood during the 60s and 70s Cultural Revolution to the present. Each essay interweaves personal experience, social and political analysis, and humor. It was a real eye-opener for me. ⬇️

Singout Also my #Nonfiction2022 #OutofLeftField: this describes his fiction style, although I haven't read it yet, and tackling issues that have made this book #banned in Chine (it gets labelled as “fiction“ on some sites to slide under the wire.) 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds unique! 4mo
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Plot | Jean Hanff Korelitz
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My first #NYWD book was excellent! I don‘t usually think of myself as someone who likes “thrillers,” but this one had me totally captivated, partly because it‘s centred on literature and publishing. Lots of complex well-developed characters, diverse communities, and twists and turns.

Amiable I‘m so glad you enjoyed it! This one was outside of my normal reading wheelhouse as well, but I really liked it. 4mo
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#Bookspin list for the beginning of 2022! 1. Bomber Mafia 2. Warlight 3. Seeing Ghosts 4. Under the Udala Tree 5. Five Little Indians 6. The List 7. How the One-Armed Sister 8. A Great Reckoning 9. The Known World 10. Me and White Supremacy 11. Notes on a Silencing 12. The Innocents 13. The Mountains Sing 14. Everything Inside 15. Saga Boy 16. Know My Name 17. H is for Hawk 18. Burning Blue 19. Noopiming 20. Prairie Ostrich

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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It feels great to have listened to 46 books this year and read one: this space and creative group challenges are part of what keep me going! Thank you!

Nonfiction: 30
Fiction: 16
Women authors: 30
Queer authors: 9+
BIPOC authors: 22
Focus outside Turtle Island: 14
Canadian: 15

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Very happy to have completed this year's #Nonfiction2021 Bingo! Thank you, Melissa, for organizing this! It was fun and I learned a lot.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Looks great! A great 2021 5mo
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A “just for fun“ book by an author who I've often heard of but never read. I found this a sweet little book, about a somewhat geeky and goofy single man eking out a living as a freelance tech worker with a series of diverse clients and some extended family issues (no spoilers here!) A heartwarming way to end the year.

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This was intriguing and worth reading, but a (good) challenge. Emezi, a trans Nigerian, says “Imagine being gbanje like me,“ a divine spirit born to a human mother. The book isn't a linear narrative but a series of reflective and poetic letters to different people: I found rich and inspiring segments, but also felt lost some of the time. (Print might have been better for me, though Emezi's voice is wonderful.)
#Nonfiction2021 #Transgender

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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek | Kim Michele Richardson
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I found this an intriguing piece of historical fiction based on the lives of the “blue“ people of rural Kentucky, who due to a recessive gene had blue skin and were therefore marginalized. It interweaves this story with that of the “pack horse librarians,“ which I confess I found even more interesting: people (mostly women) who followed a regular route with packs and a mule to deliver books and magazines to people who otherwise had no access.

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One of the prompts for #Nonfiction2021 was “sunshiney or yellow,“ and what's more yellow than a banana? I've been interested in food justice issues for a long time (the pic is a banana article I wrote in 2002) and Koeppler does an excellent job of tracing the history and diversity of banana varieties, tackling the incredible history of corporate domination and exploitation involved, and looking into the risky future of the current popular strain.

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This was thoughtful and moving: a chronicle by Garbriel Garcia Marquez's son of the deaths of his parents. An intriguing insight into accompanying your parents through death, something many of us experience, when one of them is one of the most significant writers of the 20th century. If ihad read more of Marquez's work and more recently, I'm sure I would have appreciated it even more.
#Nonfiction2021 #Latinx

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I'm biased by my friendship with Madeline, but I thought this was excellent: a study of the impact of institutionalizing intellectually disabled children in an Orillia institution open 1876-2009. A section on the overall approach in the 19th and 20th centuries to who is “acceptable“ in society, eugenics, “reform,“ and meeting or ignoring specific needs; one on family experiences, and on on survivors' experiences.
#Nonfiction2022 Doctors or Nurses

Riveted_Reader_Melissa These all sound excellent 5mo
Singout Sorry for the multiple tags in one hour!
5mo
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