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NOW A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING EBOOK

The story that inspired the major motion picture produced by Brad Pitt, directed by Steve McQueen, and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Benedict Cumberbatch, Twelve Years a Slave is a harrowing, vividly detailed, and utterly unforgettable account of slavery. This beautifully designed ebook edition of Twelve Years a Slave features an introduction by Dolen Perkins-Valdez, the bestselling author of Wench.

Solomon Northup was an entrepreneur and dedicated family man, father to three young children, Elizabeth, Margaret, and Alonzo. What little free time he had after long days of manual and farm labor, he spent reading books and playing the violin. Though his father was born into slavery, Solomon was born and lived free.

In March 1841, two strangers approached Northup, offering him employment as a violinist in a town hundreds of miles away from his home in Saratoga Springs, New York. Solomon bid his wife farewell until his return. Only after he was drugged and bound, did he realize the strangers were kidnappers—that nefarious brand of criminals in the business of capturing runaway and free blacks for profit. Thus began Northup's life as a slave. Dehumanized, beaten, and worked mercilessly, Northup suffered all the more wondering what had become of his family. One owner was savagely cruel and Northup recalls he was "indebted to him for nothing, save undeserved abuse." Just as he felt the summer of his life fade and all hope nearly lost, he met a kind-hearted stranger who changed the course of his life. With its first-hand account of this country's Peculiar Institution, this is a book no one interested in American history can afford to miss.

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Twelve Years a Slave
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Twelve years a slave
February 9th, 2015
I found it compelling reading. It opened my eyes to the 'real' slave trade and the horror of their treatment.
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Twelve years a Slave.
February 4th, 2015
EXcellent book. Well written in style of those years. makes reader crying at that horrible institution. that people could actually do that too other people is unbelievable. The southern who talk about the glory of the south should be ashamed.
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Twelve Years a Slave
December 27th, 2014
A gripping story of a practise that is still all too common in our world today. Praise to those who have the physical & emotional strength, the support system and the luck to escape it.
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Loved it!
December 10th, 2014
Excellent writing, kept me interested and wanting to read to the end. The story is tragic but told in an amazing way.
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Horribly True
September 23rd, 2014
This was a well written and informative tale of the injustice of slavery.
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Captivating...
September 19th, 2014
I just cant put it down. It beeing a true story has made me cry a couple of times..a truly captivating book.
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Twelve Years a Slave
August 22nd, 2014
Brilliant and compelling read.
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Meh.
August 18th, 2014
Pretty much as expected based on the title. No real revelations or anything. We already know slavery is/was a horrible, horrible thing so the descriptions of abuse weren't really eye-opening or maybe as shocking as they were probably intended. The how's and why-fors of the overall story make it fresh, though.
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Tweleve years a salve
August 14th, 2014
An amazing read, could not stop reading until I finished it. Not an easy English as it was written in the 1850s. We read about slavery, and when it was abolished and so, but this book takes you inside it, generally when I read a book I do not like to see the movie, but this time it is not the case, time to watch an Oscar winner. If I am not mistaken, And by the way, this is the firs time I read a whole book on my mobile phone !
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Twelve Years a Slave
July 31st, 2014
Very moving story, we'll worth the effort to read
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A good read!
July 8th, 2014
The narrative by Solomon Northup is very moving and at times unimaginable by a reader living in the 21st century.
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12 xYears A Slave
July 7th, 2014
Powerful book. Very descriptive
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How!!!!
June 20th, 2014
It makes you think, how can one man own another? I cannot think down to that level
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Much ado
June 4th, 2014
Tedious from start to finish
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Twelve Years a Slave
June 2nd, 2014
Incredibly moving and well written, though not the easiest to read.
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12years a slave
May 24th, 2014
Enjoyed the book am looking forward to the film. Found the terminology quite hard to read now most words are not politically correct. A good read showing how the human spirit can survive.
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Unbelievable
May 9th, 2014
This book was very hard to read at times but equally hard to put down. It's hard to imagine the pain and suffering they went through. I found this book to be a great eye opener as well as a great read!!
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Worth the read!
April 27th, 2014
An excellent read, good story, reads quickly. A very detailed report of slavery in the southern states and all of its ugliness!
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Twelve Years a Slave
April 21st, 2014
An absolute must read! A human/inhumane story that tells the best and worst of humanity.
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Moving
April 5th, 2014
What is amazing about this book is that the author remains objective about his awful experience, while most people would have long before become bitter and hopeless. Eye opening, uncomfortable, and something everyone should read.
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