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August 2017 book selection


by Yaa Gyasi


Posts About Homegoing 

July 19, 2017 | Vicki Lorini

Im sure many of you remember the original series Roots, taken from the book of the same name by Alex Haley.  We all sat in our living rooms, transfixed with that story.  Homegoing, our August selection by Yaa Gyasi takes us much further back.  Beginning in Ghana around 1760 this book takes us through the slave trade to the present day. Gyasi has an interesting way of telling this story, through two descendants of a Ghanain woman, separated in Ghana only to find themselves close many generations later. The novel, had it’s start in the author’s 2009 trip back to Ghana, where she was born. the book is fascinating, and comes from a viewpoint not often spoken about, the culpability of the African’s in the slave trade.  Fascinating to read, and it will be very interesting to discuss.  Please join us on August 8 at either 6 or 8pm in our Community room for this discussion.

July 11, 2017 | Vicki Lorini

As our book selections continue their journey around the world, we find ourselves in Ghana for our August selection.   Home going, is Yaa Gyasi’s debut novel, and what a novel it is.  Each chapter in this work of historical fiction traces a different descendant of an Assent woman named Maame.  Mama has two daughters and in a twist of fate, they are separated. One, Effie, marries a British Governor, in charge of a local fort. Effie’s half sister Esi is held captive, in the dungeon below the fort. It is their story and the stories of future generations that will enthrall you.  Please join us for our discussion, at 2pm or 6pm, August 8 in our Community Room.

In Conversation with Donna Apidone

June 2017 selection: Fatal

John Lescroart - Fatal

February 2017 selection: Lucky Boy

Lucky Boy - Lucky Boy

January 2017 selection: False Friend

Andrew Grant - False Friend


NPR Books

NPRAuthor Interviews

Samantha Hunt On Her Short Stories In 'The Dark Dark'

July 22, 2017

NPR's Scott Simon talks with acclaimed novelist Samantha Hunt about her first book of short stories, The Dark Dark, which explores the fantastical and the sorrowful in everyday life.

NPRSummer Reader Poll 2017: Comics And Graphic Novels

Yes, Some Comics Are For Kids — And They're Big Business

July 22, 2017

What's the best way to get people reading comics? Hook 'em young. And comics for early readers are booming — even big publishers like DC, famed for grim and gritty, are getting in on the action.


Life Lessons (With Zombies) In 'Minecraft: The Island'

July 22, 2017

Max Brooks' latest novel is set in the world of the popular video game Minecraft — and once you get past that, it has a lot of valuable ideas for young readers, cleverly disguised with plenty of fun.

NPRThe Salt

The Un-Pretty History Of Georgia's Iconic Peach

July 21, 2017

The state isn't the biggest producer of the pink-orange fruit. So why are Georgia peaches so iconic? The answer has a lot to do with slavery — its end and a need for the South to rebrand itself.

FA | Book Reviews

2 Smart New Novels Find Humor In Fantasies Of Escape

July 20, 2017

These terrific comic novels — The Last Laugh by Lynn Freed and Who Is Rich? by Matthew Klam — will have you laughing at the many ways we all try to run away from the realities of life.

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