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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Friday quotes and review: American Spy

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The book I am currently reading (with a summary and review):

Title: American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

Book Beginning:
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Summary: Marie becomes an FBI officer because she wanted to follow in her sister Helene's footsteps. Even though she is a talented officer after graduating at the top of her class, she senses both sexism and racism on the job. When she is approached by the CIA to do some covert activity for them, she jumps at the chance. But she doesn't really see that she is stepping into a trap which has no good outcome. Her action at that time places a number on her head. Years later when an intruder breaks into her house Marie knows it is related to her action years before. Can she keep her children and herself safe? How much longer must they hide?

Review: I listened to the audiobook of American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson after I saw the book on President Obama's summer reading list. For about three-fourths of the book I wondered why he recommended it, since I really didn't think it was that well done or that big of a mystery. Then, as Marie's story unfolded in the form of a letter written to her young sons, I came to understand his recommendation. Marie is raising two black boys and her message to them was tremendously poignant. She is concerned that she will not be alive to raise them and she wants them to be good people who help the world to be a better place for all people, especially people of color. The book closes with the end of the letter but not the end of the mystery. We don't know how things work out for Marie. Of course we are hopeful that she succeeds and returns to her sons safely but it is left open-ended. I actually like that about this book and was pleased with its important message that all of us need to hear.




14 comments:

  1. Good assessment of this book. I felt the same way about how the letter brought it all together, but before that it wasn't wonderful.

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    1. Glad to know that I wasn't missing something in the beginning of the book.

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  2. It sounds interesting, but not compelling for me to read. :)

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    1. No. I don't think well enough of it to recommend it.

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  3. I haven't heard of this one before, but it looks kind of interesting. Enjoy your current read.

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  4. I commend you for going through three-fourths of the book before “getting it.” I’m not sure I would have. I’ll have to think about this one...l Thanks.

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    1. I got the story, I just didn't get why Obama recommended it.

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  5. The excerpts drew me in. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

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  6. I love both snippets, and am left wanting more! Happy CDN Thanksgiving weekend!!

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  7. I hadn't seen this one before. Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  8. Interesting to read your thoughts on your latest read.

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  9. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this! Happy Weekend to you!

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  10. Sounds like kind of a different twist on a novel, perhaps not the usual rising conflict and resolution format? Might take a look at it from a writer's perspective.

    I have to admit being able to fully relate to the Lego encounter...

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  11. Oh my gosh, I love that first line. So relatable. xD Sounds like a great book!

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