Lies We Tell Ourselves
(Adobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive Read)

Book Cover
Average Rating
5 star
 
(1)
4 star
 
(1)
3 star
 
(0)
2 star
 
(0)
1 star
 
(0)
Author:
Published:
Harlequin 2014
Status:
Available from OverDrive
Formats
Adobe EPUB eBook
Works on all eReaders (except Kindles), desktop computers and mobile devices with with reading apps installed.
Kindle Book
Works on Kindles and devices with a Kindle app installed.
OverDrive Read
Need Help?
If you are having problem using our eCollection, please visit our support center.
Description


In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever.

Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. An honors student at her old school, she is put into remedial classes, spit on and tormented daily.

Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town's most vocal opponents of school integration. She has been taught all her life that the races should be kept "separate but equal."

Forced to work together on a school project, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and how they really feel about one another.

Boldly realistic and emotionally compelling, Lies We Tell Ourselves is a brave and stunning novel about finding truth amid the lies, and finding your voice even when others are determined to silence it.

More Details
Format:
Adobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive Read
Street Date:
10/01/2014
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781460330456
ASIN:
B00IPDVGG6
Also in this Series
More Like This
Other Editions and Formats
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Citations
APA Citation (style guide)

Robin Talley. (2014). Lies We Tell Ourselves. Harlequin.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Robin Talley. 2014. Lies We Tell Ourselves. Harlequin.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Robin Talley, Lies We Tell Ourselves. Harlequin, 2014.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Robin Talley. Lies We Tell Ourselves. Harlequin, 2014. Web.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
Copy Details
LibraryOwnedAvailable
Shared Digital Collection22
Staff View
Grouped Work ID:
d6626f11-4b26-e4e8-ac0f-0e8fcb70e564
Go To Grouped Work

OverDrive Product Record

id
cf03312f-f704-429f-9081-743cdaa756ef
primaryCreator
    • name: Robin Talley
    • role: Author
starRating
4.2
title
Lies We Tell Ourselves
sortTitle
Lies We Tell Ourselves
images
    • cover300Wide:
        • type: image/jpeg
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-400/1071-1/CF0/331/2F/{CF03312F-F704-429F-9081-743CDAA756EF}Img400.jpg
    • cover:
        • type: image/jpeg
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-100/1071-1/{CF03312F-F704-429F-9081-743CDAA756EF}Img100.jpg
    • thumbnail:
        • type: image/jpeg
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-200/1071-1/{CF03312F-F704-429F-9081-743CDAA756EF}Img200.jpg
    • cover150Wide:
        • type: image/jpeg
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-150/1071-1/CF0/331/2F/{CF03312F-F704-429F-9081-743CDAA756EF}Img150.jpg
dateAdded
2014-08-20T09:59:00-04:00
contentDetails
      • account:
          • id: 1208
          • name: Arlington Public Library (VA)
      • type: text/html
      • href: http://arlington.lib.overdrive.com/ContentDetails.htm?ID=cf03312f-f704-429f-9081-743cdaa756ef
mediaType
eBook
formats
      • id: ebook-epub-adobe
      • name: Adobe EPUB eBook
      • id: ebook-kindle
      • name: Kindle Book
      • id: ebook-overdrive
      • name: OverDrive Read

OverDrive MetaData

subjects
      • value: Historical Fiction
      • value: Young Adult Fiction
mediaType
eBook
formats
      • fileSize: 462189
      • id: ebook-epub-adobe
      • identifiers:
            • value: 9781460330456
            • type: ISBN
      • name: Adobe EPUB eBook
      • rights:
            • value: 0
            • type: Copying
            • value: 0
            • type: Printing
            • value: 0
            • type: Lending
            • value: 0
            • type: ReadAloud
            • value: 0
            • type: ExpirationRights
      • fileName: LiesWeTellOurselves9781460330456
      • partCount: 0
      • onSaleDate: 09/30/2014
      • samples:
            • formatType: ebook-overdrive
            • source: From the book
            • url: https://samples.overdrive.com/lies-we-tell-cf0331?.epub-sample.overdrive.com
      • fileSize: 0
      • id: ebook-kindle
      • identifiers:
            • value: B00IPDVGG6
            • type: ASIN
      • name: Kindle Book
      • fileName: LiesWeTellOurselves9781460330456
      • partCount: 0
      • onSaleDate: 09/30/2014
      • samples:
            • formatType: ebook-overdrive
            • source: From the book
            • url: https://samples.overdrive.com/lies-we-tell-cf0331?.epub-sample.overdrive.com
      • fileSize: 0
      • id: ebook-overdrive
      • identifiers:
            • value: 9781460330456
            • type: ISBN
      • name: OverDrive Read
      • fileName: LiesWeTellOurselves9781460330456
      • partCount: 0
      • onSaleDate: 09/30/2014
      • samples:
            • formatType: ebook-overdrive
            • source: From the book
            • url: https://samples.overdrive.com/lies-we-tell-cf0331?.epub-sample.overdrive.com
publishDateText
10/01/2014
publisher
Harlequin
id
cf03312f-f704-429f-9081-743cdaa756ef
languages
      • name: English
      • code: en
ATOS
4.2
title
Lies We Tell Ourselves
starRating
4.3
fullDescription

In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever.

Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. An honors student at her old school, she is put into remedial classes, spit on and tormented daily.

Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town's most vocal opponents of school integration. She has been taught all her life that the races should be kept "separate but equal."

Forced to work together on a school project, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and how they really feel about one another.

Boldly realistic and emotionally compelling, Lies We Tell Ourselves is a brave and stunning novel about finding truth amid the lies, and finding your voice even when others are determined to silence it.

gradeLevels
      • value: Grade 2
      • value: Grade 3
imprint
Harlequin Teen
publishDate
2014-10-01T00:00:00-04:00
popularity
765
reviews
      • content:

        September 29, 2014
        Talley's first novel takes a close, honest look at school integration and sexual identity in a small fictional Virginia town in 1959. The story unfolds through the alternating narratives of two high school seniors: Linda Hairston, the white daughter of a journalist who writes editorials opposing integration, and Sarah Dunbar, one of 10 new black students at their recently integrated high school, where racial tensions are running high. When Linda and Sarah are forced to work together on a class project, they are immediately drawn toward one another and mutually terrified of their attraction. Linda, as a result of her abusive father's influence, views integration as an irritating disruption, while Sarah eloquently debates Linda's negative perceptions. Chapters begin with lies that Sarah and Linda disprove, such as "I'm not brave enough for this" and "None of this has anything to do with me." Talley details the girls' growth as they learn to form their own moral codes, while steeping readers in a pivotal moment of history. Ages 14–up. Agent: Jim McCarthy, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

      • source: Publisher's Weekly
      • premium: True
      • content:

        August 1, 2014
        A coming-of-age story about desegregation that also tackles sexual identity. High school senior Sarah Dunbar is one of 10 black students who will be the first to integrate an all-white school in Virginia in 1959. Set in a fictional town, the novel mirrors many incidents that occurred in Virginia and other Southern states during desegregation, including Virginia's "Massive Resistance" movement, which closed all-white schools rather than allow integration of African-American students. Sarah's first day of school, which takes up a significant portion of the book, becomes a piercing look at the courage it takes to endure outbursts of "nigger bitch" and other forms of extreme hatred, violence, racism and sexism. Quietly promoting these attacks through editorials (since her father is editor of the local newspaper) is Linda Hairston, who blames "colored people" for all the disruptions in the school year. When the two teens are assigned to work on a class project together, they learn about their respective struggles and surprisingly develop feelings for each other. Alternating first-person narration shows how Sarah questions her "unnatural" sexual orientation in a time without gay and lesbian role models or accessible information and how Linda questions her own options for exiting an abusive home. As the young women gain confidence and independence, they arrive at a hopeful ending with a future that's inclusive in more ways than one. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 13-18)

        COPYRIGHT(2014) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

      • source: Kirkus
      • premium: True
      • content:

        July 1, 2014

        Gr 9 Up-As seniors in Jefferson High School's class of 1959, Sarah Dunbar and Linda Hairston have much in common. Both are strong-willed and smart. Both love to sing. Both are desperate to break out of the mold society prescribes for young ladies. Yet despite their similarities, the teens stand on opposite sides of the school integration debate. Sarah is one of eight black students selected to integrate the all-white high school. Linda hates the turmoil these students have caused in her community and truly believes the pro-segregation editorials her father writes for the local newspaper. But when they are forced to work together on a school project, Sarah and Linda slowly learn to respect each other and-eventually-become friends, and then something more. Set in Virginia, this well-paced, engrossing story features strong female characters living in the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Each chapter title is a "lie" that either Sarah or Linda tells herself as a defense mechanism against intense racial tension and strict gender roles. This format, along with alternating viewpoints, work well with the story. It's a beautifully written and compelling read; however, Lies takes on so many topics-racism, sexism, gender roles, homosexuality, child abuse-that the issues overwhelm an otherwise strong plot. There is frequent use of racial slurs and the "n-word," but it is true to the period. For another school integration story of female friendship for younger readers, recommend Kristin Levine's The Lions of Little Rock (Putnam, 2012).-Leigh Collazo, Ed Willkie Middle School, Fort Worth, TX

        Copyright 2014 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

      • source: School Library Journal
      • premium: True
      • content: eibba99 - I loved this book and I think it would be good if everyone read it because it shows controversial topics from different points of view. Also, I liked the ending.
      • source: DOGO Books
      • premium: True
keywords
      • value: Historical Fiction
crossRefId
1583056
sortTitle
Lies We Tell Ourselves
links
    • self:
        • type: application/vnd.overdrive.api+json
        • href: http://api.overdrive.com/v1/collections/v1L1BbQAAAA2i/products/cf03312f-f704-429f-9081-743cdaa756ef/metadata
creators
      • name: Robin Talley
      • role: Author
      • fileAs: Talley, Robin
      • bioText:

        Robin Talley studied literature and communications at American University. She lives in Washington, DC, with her wife, but visits both Boston and New York regularly despite her moral opposition to Massachusetts winters and Times Square. Her first book was 2014's Lies We Tell Ourselves. Visit her online at robintalley.com or on Twitter at @robin_talley.

isPublicDomain
False
interestLevel
UG
shortDescription

In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever.

Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. An honors student at her old school, she is put into remedial classes, spit on and tormented daily.

Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town's most vocal opponents of school integration. She has been taught all her life that the races should be kept "separate but equal."

Forced to work together on a school project, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and how they really feel about one another.

Boldly realistic and emotionally compelling, Lies We Tell Ourselves is a brave and stunning novel about finding truth amid the lies, and finding your voice even when others are determined to silence it.

isOwnedByCollections
True
images
    • cover300Wide:
        • type: image/jpeg
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-400/1071-1/CF0/331/2F/{CF03312F-F704-429F-9081-743CDAA756EF}Img400.jpg
    • cover:
        • type: image/jpeg
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-100/1071-1/{CF03312F-F704-429F-9081-743CDAA756EF}Img100.jpg
    • thumbnail:
        • type: image/jpeg
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-200/1071-1/{CF03312F-F704-429F-9081-743CDAA756EF}Img200.jpg
    • cover150Wide:
        • type: image/jpeg
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-150/1071-1/CF0/331/2F/{CF03312F-F704-429F-9081-743CDAA756EF}Img150.jpg
isPublicPerformanceAllowed
False