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    AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins

    The book that captured all media venues this week...a really good read. A harrowing story of a mother and her 8 year old son fleeing Acupulco, Mexico and migrating to the promised land of America. A tough read. I did not want to know what next horrible test of survival would come there way, yet I could not put it down.

    This big book is worthy of all the press. Curl up by the fire to be warm and comfy or lather up with sunscreen and settle in the sun...just read it.
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    Re: AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins

    Not having a great time on social media nor is the author welcome at book signings. All the bad publicity is probably a good thing for sales.


    Andy

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    Re: AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins

    Thanks for the review Amy. Waiting for my spot at the library. Andy; the book was getting great reviews until the social justice warriors chimed in about a non Latina writing this book. Hemingway would not be able to write about Africa in todays climate.

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    Re: AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawke View Post
    Thanks for the review Amy. Waiting for my spot at the library. Andy; the book was getting great reviews until the social justice warriors chimed in about a non Latina writing this book. Hemingway would not be able to write about Africa in todays climate.
    Itís more than that. The Latinos donít like the heroine depiction as being totally unrealistic and not reflecting the current problems.


    Andy

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    Re: AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins

    It’s a novel for goodness sake. You care about the characters and it is a good story. Maybe just the mother in me. I got lost in it and recommend it.
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    Re: AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins

    Quote Originally Posted by amyb View Post
    It’s a novel for goodness sake. You care about the characters and it is a good story. Maybe just the mother in me. I got lost in it and recommend it.
    I’m sure. Don’t shoot the messenger.


    Andy

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    I did not mean you personally, Andy..you deliver some spot on messages.

    I believe in reviews and sharing opinions. I believe in authors and poets and playwrights being allowed tell it their way. People have the option to not buy or borrow a book, read the poem, or attend the plays. They can also write their own stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andynap View Post
    It’s more than that. The Latinos don’t like the heroine depiction as being totally unrealistic and not reflecting the current problems.
    There are a group of social justice Latinos who are trying to bring down this novel. Having worked and lived with many Latinos I do not believe many would get upset over a Gringo writing a "novel". Again lets burn Hemingway's African novels.

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    Re: AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins

    After reading all of these posts, it sounds like a great book.
    Often excellent pieces of work- art, books, music, buildings, technology... etc. stir up trouble in the short run. This is part of the change and evolution process of our lives.

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    Re: AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins

    A window into events that provides more info than just a usual nightly news blip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amyb View Post
    A window into events that provides more info than just a usual nightly news blip.
    The book is fiction isn’t it?


    Andy

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    Re: AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins

    It is NOVEL.
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    Re: AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins

    Fiction


    Andy

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    Re: AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins

    What is the difference?

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    Re: AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins

    Same. Cummins did her homework and interviewed many who had taken this path. I still say a good dtory and a good book.
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    Re: AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins

    Still waiting for it to arrive at our local library.

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    Re: AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins

    Have placed on our Kindle- fiction- novel- who cares!

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    Re: AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins

    I finished this book last night about 1:30 a.m. I HAD to finish it. It haunted me all day. You can read it for the story, the skillful writing, the political issues, the geography or maybe another level or two, but whatever, please read it.
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    Re: AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins

    Glad you felt as I did, Dick. A well told story.
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    Re: AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins

    Quote Originally Posted by rivertrash View Post
    I finished this book last night about 1:30 a.m. I HAD to finish it. It haunted me all day. You can read it for the story, the skillful writing, the political issues, the geography or maybe another level or two, but whatever, please read it.
    Great commentary, Dick!

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    Re: AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins

    Was still waiting for my turn at the library. Obviously library is now closed as are book stores. Looks like Amazon.

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