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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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My December #Bookspin list:

1. Thin Places
2. Warlight
3. Endurance
4. City of Illusions
5. Five Little Indians
6. The List
7. How the One-Armed Sister
8. A Great Reckoning
9. The Known World
10. Redhead by the Side of the Road
11. Heir to the Glimmering World
12. The Innocents
13. The Mountains Sing
14. Everything Inside
15. The Dutch House
16. Sigh, Gone
17. H is for Hawk
18. Truth and Beauty
19. The Henna Artist
20. Prairie Ostrich

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2d
Singout This time there are *no* books to fulfill prompts, or “this will make me a better person“ books (although maybe they would). Just for fun!
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Completed my summer and winter prompts for #Booked2021
#TitleIncludesLibraryorLibrarian: The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu
#Translated: NoFriendButTheMountains
#UNPeacekeepersAre: Salt Houses
#MusicalInstrument: ComingThroughSlaughter
#Hear/Here:
#Anti-Racism: Caste
#Poetry: Here In Harlem
#Frenemies: Butter Honey Pig Bread
#Jewish: Where the Jews Aren‘t
#Blackjack21: Open Heart
#NewIn2021: Missed Connections
#HiddenGem: Chop Suey Nation

Cinfhen Woohoo!! Congrats 🎉🎊🍾 will tag you in a few days with the new link to record your prompts for the #Final2021Drawing (edited) 5d
Singout @Cinfhen Thank you! I can‘t believe I‘m done so early! 5d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Hopefully I‘ll have it ready over the weekend. But I can‘t guarantee—with the holiday family time. Might be early next week … 5d
Cinfhen No worries @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘ll keep a list of who needs to be notified xx 😘 5d
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This is a heartwarming, inspiring, humourous book written by a gay man in his early 50s who placed an ad 30 years ago seeking his first partner. He kept 13 letters from men whom he never met up with, and the book consists of their brief responses followed by longer reflections from him on gay identity, coming out, transitioning from youth to adulthood, AIDS, changes in the last 30 years, and more.
#Nonfiction2021 LGB
#Booked2021 2021book

Cinfhen This sounds great. Will keep in mind for #Booked2022 #AboutAids 6d
Singout Yes: AIDS is more of a sidebar than a core theme, as the writer, like me, was a teen when AIDS emerged and therefore wasn‘t part of the generation that was really devastated. However, he does address its impact on the community. 6d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa That sounds very interesting! 5d
BarbaraTheBibliophage I will definitely stack this one! 5d
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This captured my attention first because one of the narrators is Dion Graham, whose voice I love, and because it was inspired by the Spoon River Anthology. It‘s a multiplicity of rich voices, of various ages, genders, and classes, sharing their stories of life together in Harlem with its joys and struggles.
#Booked2021 #poetry

Cinfhen Dion Graham is my FAVORITE male narrator!!! LOVE his rich voice ♥️ 6d
Singout Right??? I did a search on my library site to find his readings. André Alexis is also wonderful, but he only reads his own books. 6d
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds awesome! 5d
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Looking forward to starting the books @Amiable has recommended for #NewYearWhoDis! I'm a sloooow reader/listener, so probably won't get through them all this year (never mind this month) but there's some really interesting stuff in there! Starting with these three: Lawson and Keefe have written excellent books that I've read previously, and we need as many girls with louding voices as we can get! Bonus: they all fit #Booked2022 prompts.

Amiable Yay! Great choices. Did you read Lawson‘s “Crow Lake” already? I want to track that one down, too. 7d
Singout Yes, that was brilliant. It was a long time ago, but I really liked it. 7d
Amiable I also have read Keefe‘s book about Northern Ireland. It was good, but I thought this one was even better. I actually bought a number of copies to give it out as Christmas gifts this year—that‘s how mesmerized I was by it. (edited) 6d
Amiable Also, what are the prompts that these fit for Booked2022? I haven‘t done that particular challenge before. 6d
Singout One has to be African, one has to be Canadian, and one has to be written by a journalist. It‘s a fun challenge! (edited) 6d
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Open Heart | Elie Wiesel
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This was short and beautiful: a significant Holocaust survivor's reflection on having had open-heart surgery at age 82 and the questions, fears, memories, and values it raised. He looks at whether he has done enough, his relationship with his father and son, his relationship with his own body, and desire for a future that might not come.
#Booked2021 #Blackjack21
#Nonfiction2021 #SomethingAboutHope

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I completed an earlier #SheSaid book for this months #Bookspin: an excellent book about racism directed at white people. Oluo dedicates each chapter to a different element of racism, directly and clearly analyzing it in the context of her own experience, naming the impact it has on people of colour, and describing some of what white people need to do, beyond reading, to end racism and white supremacy.

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 1w
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This book didn‘t completely hang together but the topic was really interesting: the creation of the Jewish state of Birobidzhan in remote Russia after the Bolshevik Revolution, with some support from the Jewish community and some from the Soviets who wanted to push Jews further west, increasing after the Holocaust and almost completely destroyed by Stalin.Like my previous review, this is very much a story of diaspora.
#Booked2021 #JewishAuthor

Cinfhen Wow 😯 I‘ve never heard about this place or experiment before!! It‘s so shocking. Sorry the book was a little dry but the topic is fascinating. 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Gessen does some remarkable writing, but I hadn‘t heard of this book. Thanks! 6d
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All local Russian museums begin with rocks. They are the ideal museum exhibit. Rocks do not need to be rearranged in case of a regime shift. In the Birobidzhan museum rocks take up the entire first floor.

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Salt Houses | Hala Alyan
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I really enjoyed this book, which gave excellent insights into the impact of the #Palestinian diaspora. Each chapter is written from the perspective of a woman in a resilient multi-generational family from the mid-60s to 2016, and showing how repeated wars, persecution, love, and hope for a better life lead them to Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan, France, and the U.S. without losing family and ethnic ties.

#Booked2021 #SetInACountryWhereUNPeacekeepersAre

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Two #Nonfiction2021 lines done! Hopefully a couple more before the end of the year. I've enjoyed this and found some really uplifting, interesting, and challenging content.

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Well worth reading: a series of essays looking at racism from a black feminist perspective, particularly challenging and encouraging White feminist to integrate anti-racism and other forms of anti-oppression into their work. The direct and honest essays, which include Kendall‘s personal experiences, focus on issues such as education, beauty and body judgment, pregnancy and parenting, poverty, health access, and sexual expression.
#SheSaid

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Anger can be cathartic, motivating, and above all else an expression of the innate humanity of any community. Demands that the oppressed be calm and polite and that forgiveness come before all else are fundamentally dehumanizing... anger gets the petitions out, it motivates marches, it gets people to the ballot. Anger is sometimes the only fuel left at the end of a horrible day, week, year, or generation. #SheSaid

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Salt Houses | Hala Alyan
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When Salma peers into her daughter‘s coffee cup, she knows instantly she must lie.
#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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#Booked2022: any tips for what to read for #FromaBlackownedorcentricpublisherorimprint ? I use audiobooks from my (big Toronto) library system, and it's easy to find audiobooks by and about Black people and issues, but they're all by the big publishers... :(

Smarkies I may be getting a book from Cassava Republic Press as they seem to be readily available on book depository. It's a publisher based in Africa - hopefully that counts. 😅😅 3w
Singout @Smarkies lots of those, but only as e-books. I think I‘ve found something. It‘s an interesting lesson into the complex and privileged world of publishing which I don‘t know much about, even after being an editor. 3w
jenniferw88 I'm using Jacaranda - search #twentyin2020 & the options should come up. 3w
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4thhouseontheleft Here's a list of black-centric imprints and black-owned publishers, I find this whole website really useful! https://aalbc.com/books/top-imprints.php 3w
4thhouseontheleft @Smarkies that definitely counts! 3w
4thhouseontheleft @Singout My inspiration for this prompt came after reading this book 3w
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I really enjoyed this book, although I admit it was my falling-asleep book so there were bits I didn‘t catch. The author does a great job of describing the lives and interconnection of individual trees, forests, ecosystems, and the Earth. I was particularly intrigued by the sections on how trees connect with each other and other beings, and on how human choices regarding trees and forestry have had an impact on the Earth.
#Nonfiction2021 #Nature

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I enjoyed this one too! 4w
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An excellent personal narrative, interwoven with a lot of info about policies and structures, both Canadian and global, and how they have impacted Indigenous people in Canada. Manuel starts in the 60s, sometimes with some flashbacks, using his own story as an activist to explain complex colonial policies and structures and creative acts of resistance.Lots that I knew snippets about hang together more clearly now.
#Nonfiction2021 #NativeAuthor

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds good…stacking 4w
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Indigenous peoples need to understand that the fundamental issue is our land, and the natural wealth that it produces. Our biggest strength is in the economic uncertainty that our legal, constitutional, and political actions create for the status quo. Canada and the provinces have gotten used to the colonial privilege of having the final say on resource development in our Aboriginal and treaty territories. This must be changed.

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The Hague conference started out well with a majority appearing to hold fast to the principle of prior and informed consent of Indigenous peoples. This stance was not purely altruistic. The world had taken note that while Indigenous territories take up one third of the Earth‘s surface, they contain two thirds of the planet‘s biodiversity. Removing Indigenous consent would open the door to Wild West industrial development.

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Hunting November | Adriana Mather

My November #Bookspin list:
1. Everything happens for a Reason
2. Farewell to Gabo and Mercedes
3. Banana
4. Me and White Supremacy
5. Five Little Indians
6. Let‘s Talk about Race
7. Dear Senthuran
8. Wordslut
9. Salt Houses
10. Bush Runner
11. Redhead by the Side of the Road
12. Open Heart
13. The Innocents
14. The Mountains Sing
15. The New Jim Crow
16. Sister Outsider
17. Banana
18. H is for Hawk
19. Missed Connections
20. Here I Am

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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Unknown Book 7535597 | Unknown Unknown
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I was really intrigued by the group where people were matched and exchanged favourite booklists (not physical books) last year: I missed the deadline to register and now can't find it. It was called something like “I'm here, who's that.“ I'd love to participate this year: does this ring a bell with anyone? Thanks!

Scochrane26 Think it‘s #newyearwhodis 1mo
Singout Thank you! @monalyisha Would love to participate! 1mo
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monalyisha Omg I‘m just tuning in to this post now & I‘m DYING over “I‘m here, who‘s that?” 😂😂😂 Okay. Phew! 😅 Now that I‘ve gotten that out of the way: thanks for your interest! I usually post about it towards the end of November — & I always hashtag the posts, so that‘s one way to check-up on it. Stay tuned! (edited) 1mo
monalyisha Thanks for the tags @jenniferw88 & @Scochrane26! 1mo
Singout Excellent! 1mo
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In theory, gentrification can bring services and jobs to a community. In practice, it means opportunities for some and criminalization for others. It‘s easy to dismiss claims made by residents about increased police presence as speculative when you‘re new to the area, but for those who‘ve lived through the past few decades in major cities, they‘ve seen a lot of lack of investment in those neighbourhoods as children and later as adults. #SheSaid

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Feminism has told white women that they have the right to occupy every space but it has not passed on the message that they don‘t have a right to force everyone else to comply with their whims.Challenging the patriarchy too often stops at challenging the ways it is used against other people and their communities...white feminist are being validated in their fear of people of color, especially Black people. #SheSaid

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For both the Canadians and the Americans, the trees were simply a commodity to be extracted. For our people, the forest included the salmon streams, the cultural sites, and the hunting and gathering sites. We supported ecologically culturally sustainable logging, but not the sort of destructive logging that continues to be carried out in our forests. I was not going to allow our proprietary interest in the forests to be reduced to cents per foot.

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Coming Through Slaughter | Michael Ondaatje
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I‘ve read most of Ondaatje‘s novels but not his first, set in early 20th century New Orleans, a fictionalized history of jazz musician Buddy Bolden. It was beautifully written but hard to follow in audio with a lot of poetry and multiple voices interwoven with the narrative so I found myself just absorbing the snippets of passionate writing about love, music, and mental health rather than following the plot.
#Booked2021 #MusicalInstrumentonCover

Cinfhen Glad you were able to find a way to enjoy the story! I love audio but sometimes it‘s too difficult to follow. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I like his work — will have to check for this one! And maybe not on audio! 1mo
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We love the idea of a strong Black woman...the same feminism that holds them up to fight the battles turns away when the war is over and doesn‘t bother to tend their wounds, emotional or otherwise. We don‘t bother to care about their feelings...We expect marginalized voices to ring out no matter what obstacles they face, and then we penalize them for not saying the right thing in the right way.

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“We see a framework that restricts feminist horizons to structures that expect the individual to fight rather than the collective. This form of individualist feminism relies on the idea that an empowered woman can do anything: it ignores the economic and racial realities that some face...While we stand on the sidelines cheering women on, largely there has been minimal collective efforts to fight oppression across multiple identities.”
#SheSaid

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The hardest part of being chief is confronting the real destitution among community members. I was most shaken by those people who were asking for mercy from a really uncaring and unfeeling society. And there is nothing you could do. You could blame them for not doing enough to help themselves, but you know that they are not going to get anywhere unless there‘s a major change in our society.

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Loved this book...insights into many of the ways “Chinese food” has been defined in Canada through the author exploring diverse experiences of restauranteurs, mostly in small towns,on a cross-country trip. This is interesting enough, but greatly deepened by Hui‘s own story of engaging with her aging parents and learning things she had never known about her restaurant-owning family‘s history in China and Canada.

#Bookspin
#Nonfiction2021 #Family

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
Cinfhen This sounds great♥️#stacked I think u might like it too @Megabooks 1mo
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“In many mainstream feminist circles the people talking about these issuesdon‘t know what it is to be food insecure in the long term. Things like ‘food stamp challenges,‘ in which someone lives on a budget similar to that of someone living on food stamps for a week or a month make good stunts, but they don‘t influence public policy.”

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We think that poverty is a feminist issue for countries, and that we are in a place where bootstraps and grit can be enough to get anyone who wants it bad enough out of poverty. But the reality is that it takes a lot more than gumption.

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They concocted new dishes they thought might appeal to Western audiences. They borrowed from the recipes and flavours they remembered back home but added healthy doses of ketchup, sugar, and soy sauce to appeal to Western tastes.Thus was born “chop suey,” or “scraps.”The one consistent ingredient was bean sprouts: bean sprouts could be grown anywhere so long as there was water. As long as you have water, and a bucket, you can grow bean sprouts.

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Nice? Nope. Not unless I‘m dealing with people I love, the elderly, or small children. I‘m always willing to help someone in need, whether I know them or not. But niceness is more than helping.

Prairiegirl_reading Grace and kindness but not nice. 🙂 2mo
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Completed my #Booked2021 third quarter:
#ColourinTitle: Well-Read Black Girl
#Relatedto911: The Day the World Came to Town
#Lessthan100pages: Jesus and the Disinherited
#ContainsPhotos: Nomadland
#LatinxAuthor: In the Time of the Butterflies
#AppalachianNoir: Below the Waterfall

Cinfhen Congrats on completing the third quarter #Booked2021 🥳🥳🥳 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job!! 2mo
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Love this book about the Mirabal sisters who resisted dictator Trujillo‘s regime and were eventually executed in 1960 in the Dominican Republic. Written in diverse voices and styles, it paints a vivid picture of the impact of the grinding oppression and strength and courage taken to overthrow it. Especially interesting as I visited the DR women‘s centre in 1992 and got a shirt with the sisters on it that I wore to shreds.
#Booked2021 #Latinx

Cinfhen Woohoo!!! Well done!! Don‘t forget you have until midnight, **Oct 3** to fill out the third quarter form
https://bit.ly/3b7rK1E
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Singout Done! 2mo
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Once the goat [dictator Trujillos] was a bad memory in our past, that would be the real revolution we would have to fight: forgiving each other for what we had all let come to pass.

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The Innocents | Michael Crummey
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Revised #Bookspin list!
1. Everything happens for a reason
2. Farewell to Gabo
3. Hood Feminism
4. Me and White Supremacy
5. Five Little Indians
6. Talk about Race
7. How Much of these Hills
8. Wordslut
9. Chop Suey Nation
10. Bush Runner
11. Redhead by the Side of the Road
12. Open Heart
13. The Innocents
14. The Mountains Sing
15. The New Jim Crow
16. Unsettling Canada
17. Banana
18. H is for Hawk
19. Hidden Life of Trees
20. Swing

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2mo
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Absolutely gripping: interweaving the story of a woman who went from a house to a “nomadic” life in a trailer with a broader analysis of people in a housing crisis moving to vans and mobile homes, economic and housing challenges that led to this need, how they live as Amazon employees in the parking lot, park staff, or “stealthy” urbanites, and their strong mutually supportive culture.
#Booked2021 #haspictures
#Nonfiction2021 #Friendship

Cinfhen I read this last year and was also completely riveted. I think it was made into a movie 🍿 2mo
TiredLibrarian Loved this. There is a movie with Frances Mcdormand, who's amazing, but the movie sounds quite different from the book. 2mo
Singout @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Not completely centred on friendship, but how authentic friendships emerge from people finding themselves in challenging situations. 3w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Makes perfect sense to me. Great job! 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage I loved this book but the movie was just a lens on one small portion of it. 2w
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THIS: as true now as in 1979.
“I had decided never again to speak to white women about racism. I felt it was wasted energy because of destructive guilt, and defensiveness, and because whatever I had to say might better be said by one white woman to another at far less emotional cost to the speaker and probably with a better hearing.” #SheSaid

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It is for black men to speak up and tell us why and how their manhood is so threatened that women should be the prime targets of their justifiable rage. What correct analysis of this capitalist dragon in which we live can justify the rape of black women by black men?....Why isn‘t that male rage turned upon those forces that limit his fulfillment, namely, capitalism? #SheSaid

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#SheSaid I just finished the essay about barriers to women and loving and found it intriguing: as a white person I can‘t fully understand the barriers, and don‘t know what form the take now with more emphasis on intersectionalism, but I like how she challenges the horizontal barriers among women or Black people, and instead pushes people to look at sexism, homophobia, and racism as being fundamental elements to oppression of queer black women.

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Heartwarming and inspiring, although maybe with a few too many comments about how “astonishing”Americans find Newfoundland hospitality. I‘ve heard some of the stories in the musical “Come from Away,” but not the ones about what was happening in the airplanes as the crisis emerged, which was interesting. So many types of support and kindness shown to so many people (and animals!)
#Booked2021 #About9/11

Cinfhen This was a really moving and powerful audio!! I found myself tearing up multiple times 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I definitely want to read or listen to this after just finishing 3mo
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The Salt Path | Raynor Winn
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So uplifting: an elderly couple lose their home and savings and realize one has a degenerative illness. Instead of moving into supportive housing, they scrape together what they have and walk the South West Coast Path around Cornwall and Devon in England. Honest portrayal of a sudden shift into poverty, struggling with old age, and facing death, combined with love, courage, and generosity from them and those they meet.
#Nonfiction2021 #AboutLove

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That sounds really good 3mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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#Bookspin list Sept:

1. Girl, Woman, Other
2. The Lion‘s Gaze
3. Lost Children Archive
4. Me and White Supremacy
5. Five Little Indians
6. Talk about Race
7. How Much of these Hills
8. Warlight
9. Chop Suey Nation
10. Bush Runner
11. Redhead
12. Death and Life of Great Cities
13. The Innocents
14. The Mountains Sing
15. The New Jim Crow
16. Unsettling Canada
17. Seven
18. H is for Hawk
19. Hidden Life of Trees
20. Book Woman Troublesome Creek

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great list! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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Really worth reading: Wilkerson, a Black American, uses]“caste“ to describe a fixed framework, with eight elements, that racism or other oppressions, which change in time and place, can be fixed on. She mainly focuses on racism through time against Black Americans, but compares and contrasts this with the caste system in India and the genocide of Jews and other in the Holocaust.
#SheSaid April, #Bookspin July #Nonfiction2021 #AboutHistory

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m glad you finally got to this one. It was an interesting read. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 3mo
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Once awakened, we have a choice. We can be born to the dominant caste but choose not to dominate; we can be born to a subordinated caste but resist the box others force upon us. And all of us can sharpen our powers of discernment to see past the external and to value the character of a person.

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Africville: A Novel | Jeffrey Colvin
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I‘m disappointed to say that I just couldn‘t get into this one: a novel based on the real story of the Black community in Nova Scotia that goes back centuries and is an important part of Canadian history. However, the characters just fell flat for me and the narrative felt rushed, so while there were snippets of learning I couldn‘t stay with it.
#bookspin

TheAromaofBooks Always a bummer when a book has a great premise & no follow-through 😕 4mo
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The Salt Path | Raynor Winn

What was the difference between the two stories? Only one word, but that one word in the public perception meant everything: “sold.” We could have become homeless having “sold” our home and put money in the bank and be inspirational, or we could be homeless having “lost” our home and become penniless and be social pariahs. We chose the former. Easier to have a brief passing conversation. The more times we told the lie, the less we felt the grief.

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Benjamin Franklin, 1750: “Why should Pennsylvania, founded by the English, become a Colony of Aliens, who will shortly be so numerous as to Germanize us instead of our Anglifying them, and will never adopt our Language or Customs, any more than they can acquire our Complexion.” Good info in this book about the historical changing definition of “Whiteness” and the history of barriers against those seen as “other.”

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Not a book or genre that I would‘ve picked if it wasn‘t for the challenge, but this was quite good. I liked how the writer interwove the personal struggles, including flashbacks to past traumas, of the main character retiring rural cop, the eco-activist, and the aging farmer, with the two crime threads of meth dealing and resort sabotage. The two voices, one gritty male and one poetic female, worked well in audio.
#Booked2021 #AppalachianNoir

Cinfhen So glad you enjoyed your choice 💚 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds good!! 4mo
Singout @Cinfhen That‘s one of the fun things about this! 4mo
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