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text 2018-01-21 15:36
Reading progress update: I've read 15%.
Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woodson

This is astonishingly good. It’s  unlike anything else I’ve ever read. A poem that reads like a novel with all the unimportant bits left out.


its already made me cry even though, or perhaps because, it’s full of love and hope and courage.



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text 2018-01-17 19:53
discomfort even as an artifact
We - Clarence Brown,Yevgeny Zamyatin,Yevgeny Zamyatin

The writing is racist.  I don't know if it's part of the story being almost 100 years old or even an aspect of it as a dystopia.  But it makes parts of it distinctly unpleasant and repulsive to read.

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url 2018-01-15 21:36
Forty new books in series releasing tomorrow
Binti: The Night Masquerade - Nnedi Okorafor
Iron Gold - Pierce Brown
Grilled Cheese and Dragons #1 (Princess Pulverizer) - Nancy E. Krulik,William F. Balistreri
Out of the Darkness - Heather Graham
Warrior of the Void - M.R. Mathias
January in Atlantis - Alyssa Day
Waiting for Spring 4 - Anashin
Almost Paradise (Book 4) - Christie Ridgway
An Engagement for Two - Marie Ferrarella

See Fictfact.com's book release calendar for full list and series info.

Source: www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar
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review 2018-01-14 19:38
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Barbara Robinson,Judith Gwyn Brown

I know for a fact I read this book in elementary school, but I didn't remember anything about it. It turns out The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is about how the Herdmans, a gang of ill-bred ruffian poor children, hijack the Christmas play at Church because they thought there would be food, and they end up teaching everyone in town the lesson that.....they have feelings? I think that's it. It was marvelous.

The narrative, from the perspective of the daughter of the woman who ends up having to direct the pageant, is deadpan and with the humor mostly being carried by the dialogue between her parents and a lengthy segment where the hard-bitten urchins are disgusted by the treatment Mary and Joseph receive in Bethlehem and the poor quality of gifts offered by the wise men.

The humor is great, but there is a core of genuine sympathy in the book. Robinson cleverly cuts through all of the 'expected' traditions and finds a way to express the, yes I'm going to say it, the true meaning of Christmas. There isn't much resolution, but it does raise many questions, which can be a good thing when one enters into the dicey territory of Christmas fodder. This is a quick read for Christmas day and can be supplemented by the 1983 television special.

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review 2018-01-13 16:44
Origin - Dan Brown

I'm not down on Dan Brown like a lot of other folks. He's fun and you can go to Eco or Chesterton if you want a more intellectual detective/conspiracy pursuit. He's just a breezy beach read, and all the more fun for it. Why not?

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