Adult Book Groups
THURSDAY NIGHT GROUP:
Wednesday, November 20 at 7:00pm
Same Kind of Different as me ~ Ron Hall
This month’s book will be available for pick-up at the library, but feel free to join the group for many interesting discussions!
A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery. An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel. A gusty woman with a stubborn dream. A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it. It begins outside a burning plantation hut in Louisiana… and an East Texas honky-tonk… and, without a doubt, in the heart of God. It unfolds in a Hollywood hacienda… an upscale New York gallery… a downtown dumpster… a Texas ranch. Gritty with pain and betrayal and brutality, this true story also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love.
Same Kind of Different as Me is a tale told in two unique voices – Ron Hall & Denver Moore – weaving two completely different life experiences into one common journey where both men learn “whether we is rich or poor or something in between this earth ain’t no final restin’ place.
THURSDAY MORNING GROUP:
Thursday, November 21 at 11am
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
We have made space for a new reading club on the fourth Thursday of the month at 11am. Come in and pick up the title today!
As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Matin Luther King to heart: He is “as good as anyone.” Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides “physical, intellectual and moral training” so the delinquent boys in their charge can become “honorable and honest men.”
In reality, the Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear “out back.” Stunned to find himself in such a viscous environment, Elwood tries to hold onto Dr. King’s ringing assertion “Throw us in jail and we will still love you.” His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble.
The author of The Orchid & the Wasp emailed us!
A Google Alert just informed me that Smyth Public Library is having a book club event this evening about my novel, Orchid & the Wasp. I cannot tell you how happy this makes me. I’m pretty sure you’ll be the first book club discussion of the novel, besides perhaps my mum’s friends!
If there was a specific librarian behind this choice, please tell them I say thank you! In case it’s useful for readers after, I put together a few of the links to essays and interviews I did about the book here: https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/17506525-essays-interviews-for-orchid-the-wasp
Anyway, I just wanted to wave across the continents to say: thank you & my heart-cockles are warmed!
Children’s Book Groups
There are many book clubs for different age groups. Please pick up the current book club book at the front desk if interested.
Children’s book clubs start in October! Magic Tree House book club reading Mummies in the Morning Meeting the Third Thursday of every month!