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Old 12-11-2020, 04:32 PM
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I love Fannie Flagg's books. Is that a new book?
Finished The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop. It was fun and a must read, if you love Fannie Flagg.

Now reading Brad Thor's latest, Near Dark.
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Now I’m more excited about “Wonder Boy”—it’s on my Christmas list. I’m a huge Fannie Flagg fan! (⬅️ Oops... guess I’m also into accidental alliteration!!)
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Just finished, "Disloyal: A Memoir" by Michael Cohen. Now reading, "Born Trump: Inside America’s First Family" by Emily Jane Fox.
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Finished The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop. It was fun and a must read, if you love Fannie Flagg.

Now reading Brad Thor's latest, Near Dark.
Thanks for the recommendation!
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Love Fannie Flagg.

Thanks to mentions in various threads here on GC somewhere, this summer I read Heartbreak Hotel and Peachtree Road and Up Island by Tri Delt Anne Rivers Siddons. Thanks for the recommendation! I enjoyed those... although I decided not to finish King's Oak.

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How The Word Is Passed, by Clint Smith.

My company had a book club where we were asked to read this book. I have to say that it's really opened my eyes, and I'm only two chapters in!

I grew up in the Northeast US, and what we were taught in school about slavery was pretty much "Southerners bought Black people to work on their plantations, Northerners said owning people is wrong (which it is), there was a war, the North won, and the slaves were freed."

After I moved to New Orleans, pre-COVID, I visited two plantations. One of them was a B&B, and the message they sent was, "Look at this beautiful house and these beautiful grounds! It wasn't so bad to be a slave - you got every Sunday off and you got a feast every Christmas etc." At the other, they pulled no punches. One particular thing that stuck in my mind was a listing of enslaved people and what they would sell for in today's dollars. Top of the list was a blacksmith IIRC: $100,000. OMFG. People... as property?! I just ... can't.
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How The Word Is Passed, by Clint Smith.

After I moved to New Orleans, pre-COVID, I visited two plantations. One of them was a B&B, and the message they sent was, "Look at this beautiful house and these beautiful grounds! It wasn't so bad to be a slave - you got every Sunday off and you got a feast every Christmas etc." At the other, they pulled no punches. One particular thing that stuck in my mind was a listing of enslaved people and what they would sell for in today's dollars. Top of the list was a blacksmith IIRC: $100,000. OMFG. People... as property?! I just ... can't.
My husband loves historical house tours and we have visited many, especially along the river road in New Orleans. It sounds like the "pulls-no-punches" location might have been the Laura Plantation (although I'm sure there are others). It was a very worthwhile visit, and a good counterpoint to the saccharine at other sites.
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I have been in a bit of a rut lately. I have a pile of books TBR, including a re-read of 1984. Yet, I'm self-soothing with rereading Maeve Binchy...
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My husband loves historical house tours and we have visited many, especially along the river road in New Orleans. It sounds like the "pulls-no-punches" location might have been the Laura Plantation (although I'm sure there are others). It was a very worthwhile visit, and a good counterpoint to the saccharine at other sites.
I believe it was!

The plantation Dr. Smith writes about is Whitney Plantation. Their tour guides apparently also tell the harsh truth.
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I just got a copy of The Time Traveler's Wife. Is it as good as I hear?
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Loved Time Traveler's Wife. I have re-read it several times, sometimes just jumping in and reading certain sections. I hope you like it!
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Loved Time Traveler's Wife. I have re-read it several times, sometimes just jumping in and reading certain sections. I hope you like it!
Thank you! My hubby is a Whovian, and I thought it might be appropriate!
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Listening to this while I workout: Life Undercover--Coming of Age in the CIA by Amaryllis Fox

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