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Native American / Indigenous Literature

Description: Our September List of the Month is dedicated to the literature of indigenous peoples. Native American, First Nations, Aboriginal, Maori. If the literature explores the indigenous experience, and is written (or co-written) by an indigenous author, please add it to the list. Only downvote titles that do not fit this theme, or that are not written by indigenous authors.

Members: 89 participating members (show all)

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1
9,977 members, 755 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)

Lists: Brandy1411 (1), RODNEYP (1), Murphy-Jacobs (1), bibliotecara (1), skaplanolmsted (1), ahef1963 (1), Morphidae (1), PaperbackPirate (1), Yamanekotei (2), mrortiz (3), andsoitgoes (3)1 more, eo206 (4)

Score: 44.27

2
2,759 members, 147 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: mrortiz (1), SamanthaGifalli (1), decaturmamaof2 (1), steller0707 (1), SeiShonagon (1), Narshkite (2), vwinsloe (2), LyndaInOregon (2), sipthereader (3), terran (3), andsoitgoes (4)

Score: 39

4
7,469 members, 105 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: GrinningCat (1), ojy (1), jhammers905 (1), Cecrow (1), briannad84 (1), reader517 (1), bibliotecara (2), MaryBiblio (2), MaureenRoy (2), Tess_W (3)

Thumbs down: Muscogulus

Score: 35.13

Explanations:

Cecrow (1): Noting however, the author is not indigenous!

5
1,180 members, 49 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: Tess_W (1), andersonden (1), AbigailAdams26 (1), Murphy-Jacobs (2), reader517 (2), Ellyist (3), perennialreader (3), Euryale (4)

Score: 27.63

6
864 members, 50 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: andsoitgoes (1), RODNEYP (2), decaturmamaof2 (2), ktswjw (2), skaplanolmsted (3), steller0707 (3), terran (4), LyndaInOregon (5)

Score: 25.67

Explanations:

LyndaInOregon (5): Not all Native American battles were fought in the landscape. This historically-based novel follows the fight of a Chippewa tribe to retain its tribal identity against federal legislation in the 1950s… (more)

7
3,358 members, 211 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: sipthereader (1), vwinsloe (1), jhammers905 (2), decaturmamaof2 (4), LyndaInOregon (4), steller0707 (5), Narshkite (7)

Score: 22.16

Explanations:

LyndaInOregon (4): Part coming-of-age, part mystery, part an indictment of the tangle of jurisdictions covering crimes on Indian reservations, Erdrich's novel alternately glows and rages.… (more)

8
2,295 members, 61 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: earthwind (1), ahef1963 (2), RODNEYP (3), Murphy-Jacobs (3), bibliotecara (3), ktswjw (3), LyndaInOregon (10)

Score: 21.77

Explanations:

LyndaInOregon (10): This is the piece that exploded Alexie onto the public's mind; the Chicago Tribune's book critic said "it is for the American Indian what Richard Wright’s Native Son was for the black American in 1940”. It's a brilliant, bitter, funny, heartbreaking piece of work and a uniquely American classic.… (more)

9
3,458 members, 68 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: CtrSacredSciences (1), steller0707 (2), decaturmamaof2 (3), Murphy-Jacobs (4), reader517 (5), LyndaInOregon (7)

Score: 18.37

10
95 members, 5 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: Narshkite (1), aspirit (1), tmrps (1), Ellyist (2), andersonden (4)

Score: 18.19

Explanations:

aspirit (1): Aboriginal Australians

11
1,222 members, 40 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: Ellyist (1), Yamanekotei (1), andersonden (2), SouthernKiwi (2), Aquila (3)

Score: 17.77

13
923 members, 66 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: norabelle414 (2), Euryale (2), yoyogod (2), skaplanolmsted (4), ManWithAnAgenda (4)

Score: 15.75

Explanations:

yoyogod (2): A multi award winning horror novel by a Native American writer.

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3,033 members, 50 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: susanbooks (1), BLBera (3), reader517 (3), steller0707 (4), skaplanolmsted (5)

Score: 15.58

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282 members, 13 reviews
3.54 stars (3.54 stars)

Lists: ShannT (1), Narshkite (3), Hccpsk (3), RODNEYP (4)

Score: 12.91

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1,440 members, 54 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: mariaacostaa (1), bibliotecara (4), MaryBiblio (4), perennialreader (4)

Score: 12.49

17
464 members, 9 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: Hccpsk (1), Narshkite (4), sipthereader (5), RODNEYP (5)

Score: 12.18

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1,029 members, 26 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: gypsysmom (1), LDVoorberg (1), tardis (2)

Score: 11.36

19
364 members, 29 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: cbl_tn (1), terran (2), decaturmamaof2 (5)

Score: 10.04

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1,173 members, 75 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: susanbooks (2), tardis (3), lottpoet (3)

Score: 9.44

21
356 members, 28 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: gypsysmom (2), vancouverdeb (2), lottpoet (5)

Score: 9.4

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223 members, 18 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: ShannT (2), ManWithAnAgenda (3), andsoitgoes (5)

Score: 9.08

23
1,735 members, 69 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: clue (1), ShannT (3)

Score: 7.04

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411 members, 3 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: elenchus (1), LyndaInOregon (3)

Score: 7.04

Explanations:

LyndaInOregon (3): Deloria looks at the life of a typical Sioux woman at the time when contact with white culture was just beginning, concentrating on the quotidian.

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326 members, 29 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: tardis (1), ahef1963 (3)

Score: 7.04

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201 members, 9 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: 37143Birnbaum (1), markon (3)

Score: 7.04

27
1,028 members, 14 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: cej1027 (1), AbigailAdams26 (4)

Score: 6.83

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345 members, 2 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: lottpoet (1), Ellyist (4)

Score: 6.83

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3,252 members, 38 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: Muscogulus (2), PlaidStallion (2)

Score: 6.73

Explanations:

PlaidStallion (2): THE GREAT VARIETY OF EXPERIENCE: Consider the whole of life as one, the seen and the unseen, spirit and matter.

It is the story of all life that is holy and is good to tell, and of us two-leggeds sharing in it with the four-leggeds and the wings of the air and all green things; for these are children of one mother and their father is one spirit.

And now when I look about me upon my people in despair, I feel like crying and I wish and wish my vision could have been given to a man more worthy. I wonder why it came to me, a pitiful old man who can do nothing. Men and women and children I have cured of sickness with the power the vision gave me; but my nation I could not help. If a man or woman or child dies, it does not matter long, for the nation lives on. It was the nation that was dying, and the vision was for the nation; but I have done nothing with it.
… (more)

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1,132 members, 38 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: Brandy1411 (2), onfiremanofGod (2)

Score: 6.73

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1,762 members, 56 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: perennialreader (1), terran (5)

Score: 6.68

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34 members, 1 review
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: tmrps (2), Fawkrill (3)

Score: 6.4

33
253 members, 8 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

Lists: Pamela_Inskeep (2), Aquila (4)

Score: 6.19

34
1,596 members, 31 reviews
3.47 stars (3.47 stars)

Lists: clue (2), bibliotecara (5)

Score: 6.04

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197 members, 14 reviews
3.48 stars (3.48 stars)

Lists: Aquila (2), Euryale (5)

Score: 6.04

36
1,840 members, 34 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: vwinsloe (3), reader517 (4)

Score: 5.87

37
347 members, 35 reviews
4.43 stars (4.43 stars)

Lists: gypsysmom (3), LDVoorberg (4)

Score: 5.87

38
1,813 members, 85 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: Ling.Lass (4), perennialreader (5)

Score: 5.5

39
195 members, 12 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: GarthW (4), eo206 (5)

Score: 5.5

40
587 members, 15 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: Ellyist (5), PaperbackPirate (5)

Score: 5.35

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1,200 members, 24 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: PaperbackPirate (4), LyndaInOregon (8)

Score: 5.21

Explanations:

LyndaInOregon (8): This is a beautifully crafted collection of nine short stories that are funny and heartbreaking and memorable in their truth and beauty. The protagonists battle the same kinds of demons of loss and love and life and death that we all face.… (more)

42
3,378 members, 209 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: MaryBiblio (3), sipthereader (4), ahef1963 (4)

Thumbs down: ojy, lilithcat

Score: 4.7

Explanations:

ojy (0): Writer is not indigenous/native

lilithcat (0): I can find no evidence that Grann is Native American.

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4,083 members, 50 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: PlaidStallion (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

PlaidStallion (1): He may not be Indigenous, but in the end we’re all from Africa. From the book:

    The decimation of native Americans by European disease and genocide over five hundred years is indeed one of the great crimes of history. But it is bizarre to blame the crime on a handful of contemporary scientists struggling to document their lifestyle before it vanishes forever under the pressures of assimilation. And it is a dangerous tactic. Surely indigenous peoples have a right to survive in their lands whether or not they—like all human societies—are prone to violence and warfare. Self-appointed “advocates” who link the survival of native peoples to the doctrine of the Noble Savage paint themselves into a terrible corner. When the facts show otherwise they either have inadvertently weakened the case for native rights or must engage in any means necessary to suppress the facts.
And
    Admittedly, it is easy to equate health and rationality with morality. The metaphors pervade the English language, as when we call an evildoer crazy, degenerate, depraved, deranged, mad, malignant, psycho, sick, or twisted. But the metaphors are bound to mislead us when we contemplate the causes of violence and ways to reduce it. Termites are not malfunctioning when they eat the wooden beams in houses, nor are mosquitoes when they bite a victim and spread the malaria parasite. They are doing exactly what evolution designed them to do, even if the outcome makes people suffer. For scientists to moralize about these creatures or call their behavior pathological would only send us all down blind alleys, such as a search for the “toxic” influences on these creatures or a “cure” that would restore them to health. For the same reason, human violence does not have to be a disease for it to be worth combating. If anything, it is the belief that violence is an aberration that is dangerous, because it lulls us into forgetting how easily violence may erupt in quiescent places.

    The Blank Slate and the Noble Savage owe their support not just to their moral appeal but to enforcement by ideology police. The blood libel against Napoleon Chagnon for documenting warfare among the Yanomamö is the most lurid example of the punishment of heretics, but it is not the only one. In 1992 a Violence Initiative in the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration was canceled because of false accusations that the research aimed to sedate inner-city youth and to stigmatize them as genetically prone to violence. (In fact, it advocated the public health approach.) A conference and book on the legal and moral issues surrounding the biology of violence, which was to include advocates of all viewpoints, was canceled by Bernadine Healey, director of the National Institutes of Health, who overruled a unanimous peer-review decision because of concerns “associated with the sensitivity and validity of the proposed conference.” The university sponsoring the conference appealed and won, but when the conference was held three years later, protesters invaded the hall and, as if to provide material for comedians, began a shoving match with the participants.

    What was everyone so sensitive about? The stated fear was that the government would define political unrest in response to inequitable social conditions as a psychiatric disease and silence the protesters by drugging them or worse. The radical psychiatrist Peter Breggin called the Violence Initiative “the most terrifying, most racist, most hideous thing imaginable” and “the kind of plan one would associate with Nazi Germany.” The reasons included “the medicalization of social issues, the declaration that the victim of oppression, in this case the Jew, is in fact a genetically and biologically defective person, the mobilization of the state for eugenic purposes and biological purposes, the heavy use of psychiatry in the development of social-control programs.” This is a fanciful, indeed paranoid, reading, but Breggin has tirelessly repeated it, especially to African American politicians and media outlets. Anyone using the words “violence” and “biology” in the same paragraph may be put under a cloud of suspicion for racism, and this has affected the intellectual climate regarding violence. No one has ever gotten into trouble for saying that violence is completely learned.
… (more)

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3,395 members, 97 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: Aquila (1)

Score: 4

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1,626 members, 24 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: Michael.Rimmer (1)

Score: 4

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741 members, 12 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: catrn (1)

Score: 4

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513 members, 8 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: miller.max (1)

Score: 4

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477 members, 18 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: MaureenRoy (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

MaureenRoy (1): The author uncovers evidence that many thousands of years before the arrival of white men, Aboriginal people across Australia were planting, irrigating and harvesting seeds, and establishing a civilization. Their description as "hunter-gatherers" by whites was a convenient lie to justify dispossession.… (more)

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467 members, 3 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: DellaWanna (1)

Score: 4

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314 members, 7 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: eo206 (1)

Score: 4

51
286 members, 30 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (1)

Score: 4

52
257 members, 19 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: GarthW (1)

Score: 4

53
119 members, 0 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: Ling.Lass (1)

Score: 4

54
118 members, 5 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: Pamela_Inskeep (1)

Score: 4

55
115 members, 4 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: vancouverdeb (1)

Score: 4

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104 members, 0 reviews
4.5 stars (4.5 stars)

Lists: onfiremanofGod (1)

Score: 4

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98 members, 4 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: leslie.emery (1)

Score: 4

58
82 members, 4 reviews
4.41 stars (4.41 stars)

Lists: markon (1)

Score: 4

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80 members, 3 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: dara85 (1)

Score: 4

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69 members, 4 reviews
3.58 stars (3.58 stars)

Lists: LyndaInOregon (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

LyndaInOregon (1): Glancy uses a unique device here, alternating between excerpts from the Lewis & Clark journals with fictional commentary from Sacajawea on the same incidents, revealing the depth and width of the chasm of understanding between the two cultures.… (more)

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53 members, 4 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: SouthernKiwi (1)

Score: 4

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49 members, 3 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: TooLittleReading (1)

Score: 4

63
41 members, 4 reviews
4.5 stars (4.5 stars)

Lists: Kindleifier (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

Kindleifier (1): Oral history of Crazy Horse as passed down to his closest living relatives

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31 members, 2 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: anglemark (1)

Score: 4

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16 members, 0 reviews
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: yoyogod (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

yoyogod (1): An award winning horror novel by a Native American writer.

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10 members, 0 reviews
5 stars (5 stars)

Lists: BLBera (1)

Score: 4

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8 members, 0 reviews
5 stars (5 stars)

Lists: Muscogulus (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

Muscogulus (1): A Shawnee philosopher draws on indigenous knowledge while engaging with and refining a Western constructivist frame of reality as "equally privileged, well-made actual worlds." This is a technical yet humane and humorous essay proposing four common themes in American Indian philosophy: relatedness, circularity, expansive personhood, and the semantic power of performance such as dance.… (more)

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7 members, 0 reviews
3 stars (3 stars)

Lists: geemoens (1)

Score: 4

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1 member, 0 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: -pilgrim- (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

-pilgrim- (1): The author is Sami (i.e. of the indigenous people of Northen Finland) as is the protagonist.

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970 members, 36 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (2)

Score: 3.36

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803 members, 33 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: andsoitgoes (2)

Score: 3.36

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545 members, 35 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)

Lists: Hccpsk (2)

Score: 3.36

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528 members, 64 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

Lists: eo206 (2)

Score: 3.36

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274 members, 3 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: PaperbackPirate (2)

Score: 3.36

80
173 members, 9 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

Lists: TooLittleReading (2)

Score: 3.36

81
133 members, 9 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: CtrSacredSciences (2)

Score: 3.36

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113 members, 0 reviews
3.38 stars (3.38 stars)

Lists: elenchus (2)

Score: 3.36

83
91 members, 2 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: GarthW (2)

Score: 3.36

84
78 members, 2 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: AbigailAdams26 (2)

Score: 3.36

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75 members, 3 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: lottpoet (2)

Score: 3.36

86
54 members, 2 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: BLBera (2)

Score: 3.36

87
48 members, 3 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: markon (2)

Score: 3.36

88
47 members, 3 reviews
2.93 stars (2.93 stars)

Lists: Fawkrill (2)

Score: 3.36

89
40 members, 1 review
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: aspirit (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

aspirit (2): Ainu (indigenous people of Japan)

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36 members, 3 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

Lists: miller.max (2)

Score: 3.36

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955 members, 10 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: Muscogulus (3)

Score: 3.04

93
620 members, 51 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: aspirit (3)

Score: 3.04

94
372 members, 22 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: miller.max (3)

Score: 3.04

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279 members, 9 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: CtrSacredSciences (3)

Score: 3.04

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203 members, 7 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: LDVoorberg (3)

Score: 3.04

98
164 members, 6 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: Euryale (3)

Score: 3.04

99
142 members, 9 reviews
4.4 stars (4.4 stars)

Lists: GarthW (3)

Score: 3.04

100
106 members, 9 reviews
4.43 stars (4.43 stars)

Lists: Romonko (3)

Score: 3.04

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Started by: AbigailAdams26 (September 8)

Type: Numbered

Limit: 5 books

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