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At the world is crooked and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid troubleThe tension between Elwood’s ideals and Turner’s skepticism leads to a decision with repercussions that will echo down the decades Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought the boys’ fates will be determined by what they endured at the Nickel AcademyThe book is based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children The thought of this book stirs up a pain so sharp it almost seems my flesh lay openThere is so much I can’t figure out how to say in words right now My heart feels as raw as a burn; a feeling made all the resonant by the realization that the story is inspired by true events that it captures between its pages the remembered violence of America's history—fathomless and ugly Colson Whitehead refuses to do their reader the dishonor of the lies the comfortable omissions and I'm glad for itA must read Camping Makes Me Happy echo down the decades Formed in the crucible of the Idols for Destruction evils Jim Crow wrought the boys’ fates will be determined by what they The Daughter of Time (Inspector Alan Grant endured at the Nickel AcademyThe book is based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and Tricky Twenty-Two (Stephanie Plum, eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children The thought of this book stirs up a pain so sharp it almost seems my flesh lay openThere is so much I can’t figure out how to say in words right now My heart feels as raw as a burn; a feeling made all the resonant by the realization that the story is inspired by true The End of the Line events that it captures between its pages the remembered violence of America's history—fathomless and ugly Colson Whitehead refuses to do their reader the dishonor of the lies the comfortable omissions and I'm glad for itA must read

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Winner of the 2020 Pulizer Prize for FictionAs the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr Martin Luther King to heart He is “as good as anyone” Abandoned by his parents but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother Elwood is a high school senior about to start classes at a local college But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960s one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future Elwo I loved this novel It is rich with detail the plot twists in a really interesting way the novel's structure is pretty brilliant and overall this is an ambitious book that was really well executed It is a coming of age story where that coming of age is warped by the atrocities of a school for boys in segregated Florida As Elwood awakens to the civil rights movement he is stripped of nearly all his rights The he understands the freedom he deserves the less freedom he has and that juxtaposition drives this remarkable novel At times there were bits of prose that felt a bit half hearted like filler until he got to the part he was interested in I would have given this five stars but Whitehead uses cement instead of concrete at least 7 times I stopped counting after 7 times because it was too upsetting Cement water and aggregates make concrete Cement and concrete are not synonyms Why do copyeditors not catch this? WHY? Anyway great novel People are going to love this one BUT STILL CEMENT IS NOT CONCRETE Diary of the Fall enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr Martin Luther King to heart He is “as good as anyone” Abandoned by his parents but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother Elwood is a high school senior about to start classes at a local college But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the The Brides of Rollrock Island early 1960s one innocent mistake is The Daughter of Time enough to destroy the future Elwo I loved this novel It is rich with detail the plot twists in a really interesting way the novel's structure is pretty brilliant and overall this is an ambitious book that was really well The World of Rafael Salas executed It is a coming of age story where that coming of age is warped by the atrocities of a school for boys in segregated Florida As Elwood awakens to the civil rights movement he is stripped of nearly all his rights The he understands the freedom he deserves the less freedom he has and that juxtaposition drives this remarkable novel At times there were bits of prose that felt a bit half hearted like filler until he got to the part he was interested in I would have given this five stars but Whitehead uses cement instead of concrete at least 7 times I stopped counting after 7 times because it was too upsetting Cement water and aggregates make concrete Cement and concrete are not synonyms Why do copyeditors not catch this? WHY? Anyway great novel People are going to love this one BUT STILL CEMENT IS NOT CONCRETE

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Od is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy whose mission statement says it provides “physical intellectual and moral training” so the delinuent boys in their charge can become “honorable and honest men”In reality the Nickel Academy is a grotesue chamber of horrors Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment Elwood tries to hold onto Dr King’s ringing assertion “Throw us in jail and we will still love you” His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive th uick updateMeeting Colson Whitehead last night was great He was so hilarious I don’t think one person in the room expected him to be as funny as he was A gorgeous man funnier than any of us could imagine He stayed away from the seriousness of the topics in his books A little uote from Colson about book genres Colson said there are only 2 types of books in the world “those you like and those you don’t” Super man Super authorSuper fun listening to him speak Audiobooknarrated by JD Jackson and Colson WhiteheadI’m seeing Colson Whitehead this week in Santa Cruz at a book reading With much to admire about his body of work’ as an author and humanitarian it will be exciting to meet him The “Nickel Boys” is a ‘fictitious’ story inspired by truth of what happened at the state run institution “The Dozier Florida School for Boys” that took place at the height of the Civil Rights Movement ‘The Nickel Academy’ was an establishment for boys in Tallahassee Florida in the 1960’s It was a place where society didn’t much care what happened to the boys who attended Some were orphans Others considered juvenile delinuents even for very minor wrongdoings The horrific atrocities that took place was sickening disturbingdehumanizing brutal unfathomable abuseincluding torture rape and murder BEYOND AWFUL in other words We follow the story of young Elwood Curtishis friend Turner and other boys as they describe their trips to the ‘White House’ The stories are agonizingElwood was a decent better than decent young man with high marks in school with an idealistic outlook on human justice and racial euality — but one day being in the wrong place at the wrong time got him sent to The Nickel Academy Elwood the kid who believed in justice civil rights before most did — listened to Martin Luther King regularly got a huge ugly awakening at The Nickel SchoolHis dreams were shattered at the reformabusive school He struggled to understand all that was happening inside the walls of that institution But it was the goodness and memories of his grandmother and MLK — that gave him hope to keep fighting for what was right I appreciate the importance of learning all that I didnot only from this book alone —but from reading a little about the true horror stories at Florida’s Dozier school in Marianna Floridawhich just recently and finally closed its doors in 2011 Over the past decade hundreds of men have come forward to tell the gruesome stories of abuse and the terrible beatings they suffered ‘Listening’ to this story felt flat and monotonous at times I felt detached emotionally but intellectually I was appalled The writing was beautiful — but I also felt detached from it through listening anyway — Then I debated the uestion “was this detachment best for this story?” Was it intentional? or was it me? Part of me thinks yes — part of me thinks no —to both uestions I hope to resolve this issue for myself after listening to Colson speak about this book I have a hunch that I’ll connect with the physical book than I did the Audiobook— andor connect with things differently after listening to Colson Whitehead speak this coming Thursday night I’m looking forward to meeting him hearing him speak very muchThanks to my friend Margie for lending me her Audiobook — so I didn’t have to show up blind at the book reading this week The End of the Line environment Elwood tries to hold onto Dr King’s ringing assertion “Throw us in jail and we will still love you” His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive th uick updateMeeting Colson Whitehead last night was great He was so hilarious I don’t think one person in the room The Ear Book expected him to be as funny as he was A gorgeous man funnier than any of us could imagine He stayed away from the seriousness of the topics in his books A little uote from Colson about book genres Colson said there are only 2 types of books in the world “those you like and those you don’t” Super man Super authorSuper fun listening to him speak Audiobooknarrated by JD Jackson and Colson WhiteheadI’m seeing Colson Whitehead this week in Santa Cruz at a book reading With much to admire about his body of work’ as an author and humanitarian it will be Doors Open exciting to meet him The “Nickel Boys” is a ‘fictitious’ story inspired by truth of what happened at the state run institution “The Dozier Florida School for Boys” that took place at the height of the Civil Rights Movement ‘The Nickel Academy’ was an I Blame The Scapegoats establishment for boys in Tallahassee Florida in the 1960’s It was a place where society didn’t much care what happened to the boys who attended Some were orphans Others considered juvenile delinuents Beneath the Earth even for very minor wrongdoings The horrific atrocities that took place was sickening disturbingdehumanizing brutal unfathomable abuseincluding torture rape and murder BEYOND AWFUL in other words We follow the story of young Elwood Curtishis friend Turner and other boys as they describe their trips to the ‘White House’ The stories are agonizingElwood was a decent better than decent young man with high marks in school with an idealistic outlook on human justice and racial Gagged euality — but one day being in the wrong place at the wrong time got him sent to The Nickel Academy Elwood the kid who believed in justice civil rights before most did — listened to Martin Luther King regularly got a huge ugly awakening at The Nickel SchoolHis dreams were shattered at the reformabusive school He struggled to understand all that was happening inside the walls of that institution But it was the goodness and memories of his grandmother and MLK — that gave him hope to keep fighting for what was right I appreciate the importance of learning all that I didnot only from this book alone —but from reading a little about the true horror stories at Florida’s Dozier school in Marianna Floridawhich just recently and finally closed its doors in 2011 Over the past decade hundreds of men have come forward to tell the gruesome stories of abuse and the terrible beatings they suffered ‘Listening’ to this story felt flat and monotonous at times I felt detached Aristocrats emotionally but intellectually I was appalled The writing was beautiful — but I also felt detached from it through listening anyway — Then I debated the uestion “was this detachment best for this story?” Was it intentional? or was it me? Part of me thinks yes — part of me thinks no —to both uestions I hope to resolve this issue for myself after listening to Colson speak about this book I have a hunch that I’ll connect with the physical book than I did the Audiobook— andor connect with things differently after listening to Colson Whitehead speak this coming Thursday night I’m looking forward to meeting him hearing him speak very muchThanks to my friend Margie for lending me her Audiobook — so I didn’t have to show up blind at the book reading this week