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A Stunner!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-18

Tommy Orange, how can this be your first book? This is an absolutely incredible debut novel. It couldn’t have come at a better time. This book needs to be read by everyone. Powerful, heartbreaking, and absolutely necessary because we cannot forget about the Native American/Canadian population who have been ripped from their lands, robbed of their culture and heritage and forced to live in ugly urban settings. They have to fight for what is rightfully theirs. Tommy Orange tells this story from 12 different voices in the most poetic, honest and brilliant way. This is one of my favourite books this year.
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True Southern Gothicism

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-18

This story is told from several different viewpoints but the most resounding voice was a young boy named Jojo. A poverty stricken family living in Mississippi. It’s a powerful, beautiful, heartbreaking story that details love, hate, sadness, death, addiction, poverty, and racism. It’s beautifully written and haunting. The story was so powerful and it completely swept me away. This is one of those kinds of great works of literature that stays with you.
Jesmyn Ward is unbelievably talented and her books are a gift to the literary world.

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Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-18

Canada’s best author at her best.
”All the same, Murderess is a strong word to have attached to you. It has a smell to it, that word---musky and oppressive, like dead flowers in a vase. Sometimes at night I whisper it over to myself: Murderess, Murderess. It rustles, like a taffeta skirt across the floor.”
If that doesn’t want you to rip into this book/audiobook then I don’t know what will.
Narration was sublime.
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Liked it but didn’t love it.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-18

I love stories about going out into the great wilderness and living off the land, battling the elements and ourselves. This is what this book is about. Mixed in is domestic abuse, alcoholism, PTSD and isolation. I think that the author did a good job covering these subjects. The thing is, that I wanted to feel strongly about these characters. I wanted to hate the bad guys and cheer on the heroes, but I had a hard time doing it. I also found that the plot lost its way which made the ending disappointing for me. There were many things I did like, the environment was rich, I could picture myself living in the gorgeous and unforgiving wilderness. The narration was great.
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Buckle up your seatbelts!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-18

This story is amazing. It’s a story within a story that becomes an even bigger story. This book deals with some heavy topics such as: eating disorders, fat shaming, sexual violence, pornography, and misconceptions about body image/sexual attractiveness in the media. Even though this book can be a little hard core, it’s also done with satire. Keep an open mind and enjoy the ride to Dietland!

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Stunning!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-18

This book discusses the age old existence of the ugliness of racism, class division, homophobia and slavery, to name a few. It also discusses how there are always strong, brilliant and courageous people who will fight and rise above it. I love the characters in the book especially Aster, Theo and even Giselle.I love that this story is told in such a unique way. All the characters, the last of humanity, are on a spaceship bound for ‘paradise. The upper decks are for the ‘elite’ and the lower decks are for the ‘slaves’. It’s raw and gritty but also beautiful. I’m about to listen from the start again!
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Relevant topic around the world.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-18

A lot of attention is placed on the horrific conditions at the Mexican/ US border. It’s easy to overlook what is going on in you’re own country.
As a Canadian, I am well aware that we have a responsibility to help those who need safe refuge. In general I think Canada does a good job, that being said, this book details the harrowing stories that do happen. It gives insight on how we can fail vulnerable people. This book put a face and a heart to those that were victimized by the system. Everyone has a story. They are not just people on a boat.

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Ear Candy!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-17

The Great Gyllenhaal totally brings The Great Gatsby alive. Amazing book, a classic, amazing narrator. What more more could you ask for. I love it when there are new ways to enjoy a favourite classic.

Blown Away!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-17

David Copperfied is one of my most favourite books of all time/. I love Dickens. I never thought that an audiobook could match what my imagination would conjure when reading the book. I was wrong. Richard Armitage is masterful. If you love this book, you have a whole other way to love it even more. It’s a must listen.

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Handmaids Tale Lite

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-14

It’s actually not like Handmaids Tale at all. No one can touch Margaret Atwood’s brilliance.
It was still a decent dystopian novel where women are robbed of all their rights and made slaves to men.
I liked the concept of 100 word a day limit that the women have to adhere to. It was an interesting take on an age old theme.
The more things change the more they stay the same.
It gets a little hairy at the end. It was a fun summer read.

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