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Lula Dean's Little Library of Banned Books: A Novel (original: 2024; edição: 2024)

de Kirsten Miller (Autor)

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When Lula Dean, trying to rid public libraries of "pornographic" books, starts her own lending library in front of her home, Lindsay, the daughter of Lula's arch nemesis, sneaks in nightly, secretly filling it with banned books wrapped in "wholesome" dust jackets, changing the lives of those who borrow them in unexpected ways.… (mais)
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Título:Lula Dean's Little Library of Banned Books: A Novel
Autores:Kirsten Miller (Autor)
Informação:William Morrow (2024), 304 pages
Coleções:NetGalley, Sua biblioteca, Read, Ebook
Avaliação:****1/2
Etiquetas:Books About Books

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Lula Dean's Little Library of Banned Books de Kirsten Miller (Author) (2024)

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Cheesy but ever so pleasing.

A beautiful liberal fairy tale has the right book reaching the right person at the right time, shuts down book banners , and imagines a happy ending sure to charm any person who loves the first amendment or sees the word "woke" as a good thing.

It's all very simplistic, sure. Conveniently, all the banners are egomaniacs, hypocrites, homophobes, Nazis, or, occasionally, reasonable but misled people one earnest conversation away from seeing the light. Meanwhile all those championing books are practically saints. Amidst all the soap opera relationships and family drama, there are even a few scenes of action and violence to spice things up.

I was damn happy to pick up this book every chance I got. ( )
  villemezbrown | Jul 12, 2024 |
I felt like this book had a lot of potential but there were too many characters/storylines to keep track of and it seemed like the author had to address every single social issue plaguing society. It was too much. ( )
  chasidar | Jun 26, 2024 |
I loved Kirsten Miller’s The Change and was eager to read her latest offering. Well-crafted, satirical and humorous (with several laugh-out-loud moments), but also hard-hitting, Lula Dean's Little Library of Banned Books by Kirsten Miller is an engaging read.

“Gather as much knowledge as you can, because information is power. And choosing how to use it is freedom. The more you know, the freer you will be.”

Set in the small town of Troy, Georgia, the novel revolves around tensions that arise from one of the townspeople’s missions to ban books that are deemed inappropriate – a mission she has successfully executed resulting in the removal of said books from the public library. Lula Dean also sets up her own lending library with hopes of circulating what she considers acceptable books among the townspeople. Beverly Underwood, also a lifelong resident of Troy and on the school board, vehemently opposes Lula’s actions. Beverly’s daughter Lindsay takes matters into her own hands and unbeknownst to her mother, replaces the books in Lula’s library with those which have been banned. To avoid detection, she places the banned books inside the dust jackets of acceptable literature. As the narrative progresses, we see how these books impact the lives of the townspeople and the dynamic between Beverly and Lula, both of whom are running for mayor.

“When you have everything, the only luxury left is taking things away from others.”

The novel features a large cast of characters, multiple perspectives and several sub-plots seamlessly woven into the primary narrative. The pacing is consistent and the story flows well. At no point did I lose interest or feel that there was too much going on. I loved how the author emphasizes the transformative power of books and how important it is for people to have the freedom to choose what to read and/or what they want their children to read. I loved that the author incorporates certain books (a few of which are banned in some parts of the US) into the plotlines and shows how those books not only inspire individuals to effect change in their own lives but also enable them to gain perspective and expose those spreading hate in the community.

“I think you’re scared that your children are going to open a book and discover the truth. They’ll realize that the Holocaust happened and that slavery was worse than they ever imagined. They’ll find out that both men and women like sex and that gay and trans folks are just regular people. These seem to be the things that you’re trying to hide from them. Why is that?”

There is a lot to like about this novel. The author injects a healthy dose of humor into the narrative, rendering it an entertaining read while also conveying a strong message. The author tackles several heavy themes and social issues such as censorship and book banning, homophobia, bigotry and racism, antisemitism, sexual abuse, racially motivated violence, misogyny and much more. All the characters are well thought out - even the unlikable ones. Beverly is an admirable character and I appreciated her efforts to do the right thing in the face of much adversity. I adored Wilma and I wish we had more scenes with her. I liked how the author depicts the impact of ideological differences and conflicting views on critical issues on the dynamics within a small town. I particularly liked how the author has portrayed the younger crowd and their efforts (a tad misguided at times, but with best intentions) to bring about change in their community.

I did feel, however, that a few aspects of the novel could have been explored further, but with so many characters and subplots, this is to be expected. I also believe that some might not be entirely comfortable with certain content and the tone of the narrative. The ending is a tad too neatly tied up, but I’m glad that the author ends the novel on a positive note.

Thoroughly enjoyable yet timely and relevant, this is a book that I would not hesitate to recommend.

I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

Do read the Author’s Note where she talks about the themes addressed in this novel and much more.

Many thanks to William Morrow for the digital review copy via NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. ( )
  srms.reads | Jun 23, 2024 |
Too close to home. Glad it all worked out, but the world doesn't feel this way right now. Good narrator. ( )
  njcur | Jun 22, 2024 |
“What matters is never letting people tell you what to think. Don’t let them convince you that one way is right and another way wrong. Gather as much knowledge as you can, because information is power. And choosing how to use it is freedom. The more you know, the freer you will be.”

Kirsten Miller might just be one of my new autobuy authors. I read The Change and thought it was a really women empowering type of story, so when I saw this book I leaped at the chance to read it. I adored this book. I love that while it's supposed to be a satire of a small southern town... it isn't far from the mark. I think the realities and truths that the book speaks are very empowering and show the importance of books. The entire books showcase the way a book touches one of the characters and dramatically changes their life. I won't give a lot away but Lula Dean, the town busybody, is unhappy with her place in the social ladder and is just looking for a crusade. Book banning just falls into her lap... and the woman is a bit of a hypocrite as can be expected. She gets the list from another member in town with a questionable background and suddenly The Diary of Anne Frank is being considered smut!
I really loved this book a lot. It was beautiful and so well written. We get a vast array of characters who all reside in this small town together. Everyone knows secrets or is aware of the injustices but everyone stays silent. Better not to address the problems after all. That is until Lula Dean's Little Library comes into existence... and someone has replaced all the books. Lula Dean never thinks to check... because it was never about the books. It was just about her ability to play on fears. We slowly start to see characters coming out of their shell as they read one of these "safe" books. I loved that each character found the exact book they needed in the moment. It was always a book that spoke to them and helped them to heal some part of themselves, which I mean isn't that really the magic of books. The book is fully of some incredibly tough topics like homophobia and racism, but the way the author addresses them is amazing.
I think she injects a level of humor into the scenarios throughout the book that is unsurpassed. You spend an equal amount of time upset at injustice but also laughing at the ways people are tired of not addressing it. We get to the point where all the dirty laundry and then some is aired in the most dramatic ways. I am telling you this is one of those books that will move you and you won't forget about anytime soon. ( )
  BookReviewsbyTaylor | Jun 20, 2024 |
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