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September 2015 book selection

Posts About The Invention of Wings 

August 26, 2015

Many characters are looking for freedom in our September selection, The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd.
 
To some it comes, but not easily, and to others it comes only in whatever the hereafter has to offer. The liberation of blacks during and after the Civil War is a common topic in books and conversation, but the effect of liberation on whites is a less often told story. In this book, even the assistance given to a slave has a cost to young, white Sarah. When it is discovered she is teaching Handful to read, Sarah is banned from her favorite room in the house, the library. Handful, however, suffers as she is beaten. 
 
The inclusion of the Grimke sisters in this story is an excellent tool to explore the enormous impact slavery had on whites. Kidd doesn't shy away from talking about the power cross-racial intimacy had to radicalize both parties. She does an excellent job speaking to the harm in white innocence and naïveté.  Determination is one thing, but it sometimes leads where you wish it hadn't.
 
I hope you are enjoying this book as much as I am. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on September 8th. Please join us for either our 2 p.m. or 6 p.m. meeting and have your say.

August 19, 2015

Our September pick, Sue Monk Kidd's book, The Invention of Wings, is a historical novel in the truest sense. Kidd takes real people and real events and puts them into a personal narrative. At a moment in our history when Civil Rights issues are once again in the headlines, this book traces the history of some of today's biggest racial divides. 
 
The story takes place, in large part, in Charleston. The Charleston of the novel may not seem too far removed from the Charleston that just last month removed the Confederate Flag from its flagpole. The memories of the March in Selma, once thought to be about problems far in the past, have surfaced once again in Ferguson and Baltimore. 
 
In The Invention of Wings, we hear conversations between Handful and her Mother that resonate more now than ever. What do we think of Denmark Vesey now? Did he do more harm than good at the time? We now can associate him with the Emmanuel AME Church where the horrific killings took place in Charleston this year. Mother Emmanuel, as the church is known, was Vesey's spiritual refuge and the place most associated with the slave uprising he planned. 
 
While reading this book, we have the benefit of hindsight to think about what Vesey stood for, and how his thoughts and actions have influenced events happening today.  How far have we come?
Please join our conversation about this entertaining and important book, Tueday, September 8th at either 2pm or 6pm.  We look forward to seeing you there.

In Conversation with Donna Apidone

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Presenting: The Holy Romance Trinity Of J

August 30, 2015

Blogger Sarah Wendell usually reads on a Kindle, but she treasures a row of crumbling paperbacks by authors she calls the Holy Romance Trinity of J: Jude Deveraux, Julie Garwood and Judith McNaught.

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Ursula K. Le Guin Steers Her Craft Into A New Century

August 29, 2015

The famed novelist says that at 85 she no longer has the energy to write another book, but she's just released a revised and updated edition of her manual for aspiring writers, Steering the Craft.

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Novel Recounts Chilling Crime Spree During The 1970s

August 12, 2015

The new crime novel, Terror at 3 AM, is based on the crime spree of the East Area Rapist, also known as the Original Night Stalker, from 1976 to 1986. Writer Duane Wilson tells us more about this story.

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Author Interview: Lynn Carthage

August 5, 2015

Author Lynn Carthage joins us to discuss her new book about a teenager who moves in a giant manor with gruesome secrets.

Author Interview: Naomi Williams

August 4, 2015

Davis author Naomi Williams’ debut novel Landfalls tells the story of a fated French sailing expedition to circumnavigate the globe in the late 1700s.

Remembering Cal Tjader

July 16, 2015

Latin jazz artist Cal Tjader would have turned 90 years old this month. He’s often considered an unsung hero in the jazz world. Writer Duncan Reid talks about his book, “Cal Tjader The Life and Recordings of the Man Who Revolutionized Latin Jazz.