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September 2015 book selection

Posts About The Invention of Wings 

September 2, 2015

After finishing The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, our September selection, I wanted to know more about the author and how she came to write this remarkable book. 

This is a universal and timeless story, made increasingly plausible as technology and news intersect. Do we live in a world that makes one human less valuable than another? Is it alright to track the movement of a human being like a FedEx package?

Sue Monk Kidd says she knew she had to write this book when she saw that the inventory from a house in Charleston included human beings alongside furniture and carpets.

"The moment hit me close to the bone, in part because of how real and close these human beings suddenly seemed, but also because of the sheer banality and acceptability of listing them as possessions among the carpets and cloth. Here was not just our human capacity for cruelty, but our ability to render it invisible. How do such things happen? How do we grow comfortable with the particulars of evil? How are we able to normalize it? How does evil gather when no one is looking? Discovering the seventeen names on the ledger was when I understood how dangerous it is to separate ourselves from our history, even when it’s unspeakably painful."

I hope this book has made you stop and ponder, and brought questions of your own to mind. We can all share those ponderings when we meet on September 8. Our evening session is sold out, so please sign up to join us at two in the afternoon. See you then.

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.

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NPR's Scott Simon talks to Jonathan Evison about his new novel, This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance, in which the title character finds herself on an Alaskan cruise with the ghost of her husband and a daughter she can't trust.

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'Dragon Heart' Is Epic Fantasy With A Gothic Air

September 5, 2015

Historical novelist Cecelia Holland ventures into fantasy with this tale of a mute princess and a dragon. Critic Jason Heller says the book has an intriguing and unexpected core of Gothic romance.

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There are all kinds of therapies to cure what ails you. But a new and intriguing approach is bibliotherapy, which dispenses a prescription of literature specifically tailored to a patient's unique circumstances. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with pioneering bibliotherapist Susan Elderkin.

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