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juneteenth

Ten Powerful Quotes About Juneteenth

Today marks the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, a holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. The proclamation was declared by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1st, 1863, but the news did not reach Texas until two-and-a-half years later. Since then, generations have celebrated the day as Juneteenth and forty-five states recognize it as a state holiday.

As we remember this historic day in United States history, below are ten powerful quotes by central figures about the ugly history of slavery and this holiday’s meaning.

 

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1. “I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.” – Frederick Douglas.

 

2. “I had reasoned this out in my mind; there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty, or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other; for no man should take me alive; I should fight for my liberty as long as my strength lasted, and when the time came for me to go, the Lord would let them take me.” – Harriet Tubman.

 

3. “We’re in denial of the African holocaust. Most times, people don’t want to talk about it. One is often restless or termed a racist just for having compassion for the African experience, for speaking truth to the trans-Atlantic and Arab slave trades, for speaking truth to the significant omission of our history. We don’t want to sit down and listen to these things, or to discuss them. But we have to.” – Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X.

 

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4. “If the cruelties of slavery could not stop us, the opposition we now face will surely fail. Because the goal of America is freedom, abused and scorned tho’ we may be, our destiny is tied up with America’s destiny.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

 

5. “Anytime anyone is enslaved, or in any way deprived of his liberty, if that person is a human being, as far as I am concerned he is justified to resort to whatever methods necessary to bring about his liberty again.” – Malcolm X.

 

6. “My people have a country of their own to go to if they choose… Africa… but, this America belongs to them just as much as it does to any of the white race… in some ways even more so, because they gave the sweat of their brow and their blood in slavery so that many parts of America could become prosperous and recognized in the world.” – Josephine Baker, legendary entertainer and activist.

 

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7. “Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.” – Abraham Lincoln.

 

8. “Where annual elections end where slavery begins.” – John Quincy Adams.

 

9. “…the 19th of June wasn’t the exact day the Negro was freed. But that’s the day they told them that they was free… And my daddy told me that they whooped and hollered and bored holes in trees with augers and stopped it up with [gun] powder and light and that would be their blast for the celebration.” – Haye Turner, former slave.

 

10. “Every year we must remind successive generations that this event triggered a series of events that one by one defines the challenges and responsibilities of successive generations. That’s why we need this holiday.” – Texas Rep. Al Edwards.

 

 

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Father's Day

11 Book-Related Gifts For Father’s Day

Father’s Day is this Sunday, so what better way to show the bookish fathers in your life some love than by giving them one of these great literary-themed gifts? Read on for some gifts that every book-loving dad will enjoy.

 

 

1. A book sculpture – $50

 

 

 

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Show Dad that you love him with this sculpture, carved from the pages of a book, that literally tells him exactly that.

 

 

2. Great Gatsby cufflinks – $24.95

 

 

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Cufflinks always seem like a very refined gift, and if he doesn’t like The Great Gatsby, there are also several other books to choose from.

 

 

3. This flask book box – $56

 

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Here’s a slightly cheeky gift. Let you dad channel his inner Hemingway with this book that secretly holds a flask inside.

 

 

4. Literary rocks glasses – $15 each

 

 

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Continuing with the drinking theme, why not buy him rocks glasses with passages from famous literature on them?

 

 

5. This banned books mug – $12

 

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If coffee or tea is more his thing, then buy this mug with banned books that appear whenever a hot beverage is added.

 

 

6. This magnifier for reading – $12.99

 

 

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Help dad out by buying him this magnifier, which includes a light, so that he can read even the smallest texts.

 

 

 

7. A literary tie – $36

 

 

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Here’s another gift that will make him look refined. This tie is high-quality, stylish, and literary!

 

 

8. This Bookworm iPhone case – $24.99

 

 

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Why not give Dad a stylish iPhone case and wallet that lets everyone know he’s a bookworm?

 

 

9. A bookmark – $17

 

 

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If he reads a lot, then he’ll be sure to love this bookmark. It’ll remind him of how much he’s loved every time he opens that latest book he’s working through.

 

 

10. A bookish watch – $39.95

 

 

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This watch is both practical and will remind him of his favorite pastime!

 

 

11. A bookish t-shirt – $28

 

 

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Let him express his love of reading and show his support for libraries with this library stamp t-shirt.

 

 

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Get Your Summer Fiction Fix With These 6 Romances Set Abroad

Summer is just about upon us, and we’re running out of time (and money, don’t forget money) to book those much longed-for vacations to far flung locations, but never fear! We’ve got the the perfect way to visit those exotic destinations you’ve been dreaming of, without the extra expense. Live out your summer romance fantasies with these six gorgeous romance novels set abroad! 

 

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1. Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

 

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After the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban-American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identity–and unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution…

Havana, 1958. The daughter of a sugar baron, nineteen-year-old Elisa Perez is part of Cuba’s high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country’s growing political unrest–until she embarks on a clandestine affair with a passionate revolutionary…

Miami, 2017. Freelance writer Marisol Ferrera grew up hearing romantic stories of Cuba from her late grandmother Elisa, who was forced to flee with her family during the revolution. Elisa’s last wish was for Marisol to scatter her ashes in the country of her birth. 

Arriving in Havana, Marisol comes face-to-face with the contrast of Cuba’s tropical, timeless beauty and its perilous political climate. When more family history comes to light and Marisol finds herself attracted to a man with secrets of his own, she’ll need the lessons of her grandmother’s past to help her understand the true meaning of courage.

 

2. More Than Words by Mia Sheridan 

 

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The moment she met Callen Hayes, eleven-year-old Jessica Creswell knew he was a broken prince. Her prince. They became each other’s refuge, a safe and magical place far from their troubled lives. Until the day Callen kissed her—Jessica’s first real, dreamy kiss—and then disappeared from her life without a word.

Years later, everyone knows who Callen Hayes is. Famous composer. Infamous bad boy. What no one knows is that Callen’s music is now locked deep inside, trapped behind his own inner demons. It’s only when he withdraws to France to drink his way through the darkness that Callen stumbles into the one person who makes the music return. Jessica. His Jessie. And she still tastes of fresh, sweet innocence . . . even as she sets his blood on fire.

But they don’t belong in each other’s worlds anymore. There are too many mistakes. Too many secrets. Too many lies. All they have is that instinctive longing, that need—and something that looks dangerously like love.

 

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3. Rome in Love by Anita Hughes

 

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From the author of LAKE COMO comes the story of a young actress who lands the lead in a film that is shooting in Rome, bringing about difficult life choices, new friendships, and a chance at love.

When Amelia Tate is cast to play the Audrey Hepburn role in a remake of Roman Holiday, she feels as if all her dreams have come true. She has a handsome boyfriend, is portraying her idol in a major motion picture, and gets to live in beautiful Rome for the next two months. 

Once there, she befriends a young woman named Sophie with whom she begins to explore the city. Together, they discover all the amazing riches that Rome has to offer. But when Amelia’s boyfriend breaks up with her over her acting career, her perfect world begins to crumble. 

While moping in her hotel suite, Amelia discovers a stack of letters written by Audrey Hepburn that start to put her own life into perspective. Then, she meets Philip, a handsome journalist who is under the impression that she is a hotel maid, and it appears as if things are finally looking up. The problem is she can never find the right time to tell Philip her true identity. Not to mention that Philip has a few secrets of his own. Can Amelia finally have both the career and love that she’s always wanted, or will she be forced to choose again?

With her sensory descriptions of the beautiful sites, decadent food, and high fashion of Rome, Hughes draws readers into this fast-paced and superbly written novel. Rome in Love will capture the hearts of readers everywhere.

 

4. Lilac Lane by Sheryl Woods

 

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Single mom Kiera Malone struggled for years to raise her three children in a small town on the coast of Ireland. Just when she’s let down her guard and allowed herself to love again, her fiancé suffers a fatal heart attack and leaves her alone yet again. Overwhelmed by her loss, she’s persuaded to visit her father, Dillon O’Malley, and her daughter, Moira O’Brien, in Chesapeake Shores. With the promise of family ties and a job at O’Brien’s, her son-in-law’s Irish pub, she takes what seems like the biggest risk of her life.

As it turns out, though, crossing the ocean is nothing compared to moving into a charming cottage on Lilac Lane, right next door to Bryan Laramie, the moody chef at O’Brien’s, who doesn’t do anything the way Kiera believes it should be done. Their kitchen wars quickly become the stuff of legend in Chesapeake Shores, and the town’s matchmakers conclude that where there’s heat, there’s sure to be passion.

As these two deal with their wounded pasts and discover common interests, they might just find the perfect recipe for love.

 

 

5. My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan

 

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Set amidst the breathtaking beauty of Oxford, this sparkling debut novel tells the unforgettable story about a determined young woman eager to make her mark in the world and the handsome man who introduces her to an incredible love that will irrevocably alter her future—perfect for fans of JoJo Moyes and Nicholas Sparks.

American Ella Durran has had the same plan for her life since she was thirteen: Study at Oxford. At 24, she’s finally made it to England on a Rhodes Scholarship when she’s offered an unbelievable position in a rising political star’s presidential campaign. With the promise that she’ll work remotely and return to DC at the end of her Oxford year, she’s free to enjoy her Once in a Lifetime Experience. That is, until a smart-mouthed local who is too quick with his tongue and his car ruins her shirt and her first day.

When Ella discovers that her English literature course will be taught by none other than that same local, Jamie Davenport, she thinks for the first time that Oxford might not be all she’s envisioned. But a late-night drink reveals a connection she wasn’t anticipating finding and what begins as a casual fling soon develops into something much more when Ella learns Jamie has a life-changing secret.

Immediately, Ella is faced with a seemingly impossible decision: turn her back on the man she’s falling in love with to follow her political dreams or be there for him during a trial neither are truly prepared for. As the end of her year in Oxford rapidly approaches, Ella must decide if the dreams she’s always wanted are the same ones she’s now yearning for. 

 

6. Charlie Glass’s Slippers: A Very Modern Fairy Tale 

 

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In this delightful, clever spin on Cinderella, Charlie Glass—a heroine as loveable as Cannie Shapiro and Bridget Jones—inherits her father’s shoe empire and snatches up a drop-dead-gorgeous, multi-millionaire Prince Charming. But is he truly the key to her happily ever after?

When Charlie’s beloved father, iconic shoe designer Elroy Glass, dies after a long illness, everyone expects that he’ll leave his business to his glamorous wife and eldest daughters. After all, they’ve been running the company for years. But Elroy surprises everyone from beyond the grave: at the will reading, it’s announced that his fashion empire has been left to Charlie, his youngest—and plumpest—daughter.

Before she can run the company, Charlie decides she needs to make a few changes in her life. After several weeks at a California boot camp, she returns to London a new woman: thinner, blonder, and ready to revitalize the Elroy Glass brand. But as she’ll soon discover, a good esthetician and a killer pair of stilettos can only go so far, and there’s more to reinvention—and running a fashion empire—than meets the eye.

Endlessly entertaining, surprising, and ultimately inspiring, Charlie Glass’s Slippers is a modern-day fairytale about finding your own magic and transforming yourself from within.

 

 

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Dress Like a Book Day

10 People Who Absolutely Nailed #DressLikeABook

Shoutout to Electric Literature, who recently started the hashtag #DressLikeABook. Last week, we did a round up of nine of our favorites, but the brilliance hasn’t let up, and there have been even more excellent additions to the hashtag since then, so we’ve browsed #DressLikeABook for even more brilliant pictures, and are bringing you our ten favorite looks from Instagram!

 

 

 

??#DressLikeABook #LiteraryFashion #FOTL

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“Nothing begs question of permanence, of sin, like the power to kill and revive. Nothing promises revival like a fairy tale.” ???? • On May 8th, this highly anticipated debut from @julia.r.fine goes on sale. @aaniffenegger calls #WhatShouldBeWild “delightful and darkly magical…a beautiful modern myth, a coming-of-age story for a girl with a worrisome power over life and death.” Pre-order link is in the bio! ??????? . . #bookstagram #booksofig #bookishfeatures #bookstagramfeature #bookphotography #bookblogger #booklover #igbooks #igreads #readersofinstagram #readersofig #authorsofinstagram #authorsofig #fantasy #intothewoods #enchantedforest #cursed #magicalrealism #feministfiction #literaryfiction #debut #comingsoon #dresslikeabook @electricliterature

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My very loose interpretation of the Handmaids uniform. . . Currently (re)reading: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood . . I wanted to reread this before I started the series (I have yet to watch a single episode. I know, I know…). When I first read it, I liked it but didn’t love it, but i was also in one of those reading moods where the words just seemed to wash over me instead of fully absorbing it. Here’s hoping Round 2 fares better ??‍♀️ . . #thehandmaidstale #margaretatwood #womenwriters #feministliterature #currentlyreading #reread #books #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookaddict #bookaddicted #bookaholic #bookworm #bibliophile #booklover #booksofinstagram #igreads #igbooks #instareads #instabooks #humpday #red #DressLikeABook

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This time of year is completely bananas. #goodbyevitamin #rachelkhong #dresslikeabook

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It’s #FuckFashionFriday because my oldest friend in the world, Sofija Stefanovic (and she is very old), has written a BOOK! ???Miss Ex-Yugoslavia is a collection of funny and sad stories about growing up in Australia while the country we were born in fell apart. Apparently, even though we are the oldest of friends, I didn’t make it into the book, but there is a hilarious story about my mother and her unfortunate encounter with an Ozzie cop. The magnificent memoir is available in the US, Australia and on @amazon. Also, @electricliterature has started a very geeky competition – #DressLikeABook. Dress as your favorite book cover and tag them for a chance to win some lovely stuff. #Literacy #Yellow #ReadABook #MissExYugoslavia #Yugoslavia #Jugoslavija

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