Join us on Wednesday, July 15 at 10AM for a discussion of The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
Mistaken for a girl on account of his curly hair, delicate features, and sackcloth smock, 12-year-old slave Henry Shackleford realizes that his accidental disguise affords him greater safety and decides to remain female. Dubbed “Little Onion” by his liberator, abolitionist John Brown, Henry accompanies the increasingly fanatical Brown on his crusade to end slavery — a picaresque journey that takes them from Bloody Kansas to Rochester, New York, where they attempt to enlist the support of such notables as Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman before embarking on the infamous, ill-fated 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry. — from NoveList
Today we met in the Morris County Library conference room to talk about the YA novel everyone has been buzzing about, We Were Liars. We had our biggest discussion yet, but there’s still room for more of you! We’d love to have you.
Overall, people really liked this book, with many giving it 4 or even 5 starts. I don’t know if that’s happened before, so this was a definite favorite. A couple of people gave it a low of 3, mostly because even the significant characters were fairly flat and undeveloped. However, a case could be made for that actually being the way teenagers actually view other kids their age who they only see every summer.
First, we will not spoil the ending of the book, so don’t worry! If you haven’t read it yet, it’s a doozy, and no one saw it coming. Aside from the ending and its emotional impact, we discussed the themes of wealth in society. Cadence and her cousins are from the “keep a stiff upper lip” upper crust of society, and nothing breaks into that shell. As teenagers, they rebel against it, of course.
Tomorrow morning (Wednesday, June 16) at 10 am we will be talking about the YA novel We Were Liars by e. lockhart. This book twists and turns and is never quite how it seems. See you tomorrow morning! We can’t wait to talk about this one….
Also, in what will be no surprise to anyone, this book has already been optioned into a movie. Who will play Cadence? Mirren? Gat? Bring your favorite choices – no one has been cast yet!
Join us on Wednesday, June 17 at 10AM for a discussion of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Spending the summers on her family’s private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer – from Novelist
Today we met at the Morris County Library to discuss the sci-fi classic Kindred by Octavia Butler. We had several new Book Clubbers, and it was a really fascinating hour and a half. We started by talking about why Butler chose to take a modern (well, modern in the 1970s) woman and transport her back to the Antebellum south, instead of just writing a more straightforward slave narrative. Some people didn’t feel like that worked for them; they didn’t like the time travel because it wasn’t realistic. Once we discovered how she came up with the idea of this novel, however, most of the book club members appreciated her reasoning, even if they still didn’t necessarily think it worked. As she stated in an interview:
I wanted to take a character, when I did Kindred, back in time to some of the things our ancestors had to go through, and see if that character survived so very well with the knowledge of the present in her head.
Tomorrow, Wednesday morning, we will be meeting at the Morris County Library to talk about the sci-fi classic Kindred, by Octavia Butler. This book was written in 1979, but there is still a lot to discuss today. Make sure to join us in the conference room at 10 am for what will surely be a rousing discussion about this book. Coffee and tea will be served.
After you’ve finished reading the classic sci-fi novel Kindred, take a look at this interview with Octavia Butler. She was a fascinating woman and author, and is a pleasure to listen to.
You can also find more information about her on her official website.
She died too young, at age 58. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer obituary tells even more of the story of her life.