The purpose of this monthly book club is to read fiction and other books that help us understand other cultures and the issues of race. Bring your lunch, coffee and cookies will be served.
December 19 — Green and Ancient Light by Frederic Durbin
Set in a world similar to our own, during a war that parallels World War II, a boy is sent to stay with his grandmother for the summer in a serene fishing village. Their tranquility is shattered by the crash of a bullet-riddled enemy plane, the arrival of grandmother’s friend Mr. Girandole, and the discovery of a riddle in the sacred grove of ruins behind grandmother’s house. In a sumptuous idyllic setting and overshadowed by the threat of war, four unlikely allies learn the values of courage and sacrifice.
January 16 — Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR!
A ferociously intimate story of a family facing the ultimate question: how far will we go to save the people we love the most?
February 20 — August Snow by Stephen Mack Jones
Tough, smart, and struggling to stay alive, August Snow is the embodiment of Detroit. The son of an African-American father and a Mexican-American mother, August grew up in the city’s Mexican-town and joined the police force only to be drummed out by a conspiracy of corrupt cops and politicians. But August fought back; he took on the city and got himself a $12 million wrongful dismissal settlement that left him low on friends. He has just returned to the house he grew up in after a year away, and quickly learns he has many scores to settle.
We will feature a Michigan author who will come and speak about their book and writing experiences. Bring your lunch and join us in a discussion with these very diverse and interesting Michigan authors!
January 23 — $500 House in Detroit by Drew Philip
Drew Philp, an idealistic college student from a working-class Michigan family, decides to live where he can make a difference. He sets his sights
on Detroit, the failed metropolis of abandoned buildings, widespread
poverty, and rampant crime. Arriving with no job, no friends, and no
money, Philp buys a ramshackle house for five hundred dollars in the east
side neighborhood known as Poletown. The roomy Queen Anne he now owns is little more than a clapboard shell on a crumbling brick foundation, missing windows, heat, water, electricity, and a functional roof.
February 27 — Page Fence Giants by Mitch Lutzeke
The Page Fence Giants, an all-star black baseball club sponsored by a woven-wire fence company in Adrian, Michigan, graced the diamond in the 1890s. Formed through a partnership between black and white boosters, the team’s respectable four-year run was an early integration success–before integration was phased out decades ahead of Jackie Robinson’s 1947 debut, and the growing Jim Crow sentiment blocked the Page Fence Giant’s best talent from the major leagues. This book tells the the story of a long-ignored team at the close of the 19th century, whose Hall of Famer second baseman Sol White was but one of their best players.
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