Book Club meeting to discuss "Twelve Years A Slave"

This month's selection is "Twelve Years A Slave" by Solomon Northup

SUMMARY

Northup's harrowing true story was authenticated from decades of research by award-winning historian and journalist Dr. Sue Eakin, who rediscovered the narrative in 1931 as an adolescent and made it her life's work. Dr. Eakin's enhanced e-book includes the original narrative plus over 100 pages of fascinating new background information based on her research and photos. A portion of proceeds from this book supports organizations fighting modern-day slavery in the form of human trafficking. To enhance your book and movie experience see our website listed in the e-book's sample pages, where you'll find instructions for downloading your free PDF Collector's Extra for your library.

Hard working Solomon Northup, an educated free man of color in 1841, enjoys family life with his wife and three children in Saratoga, New York. He delights his community with his fiddle playing and antic spirit, and has positive expectations of all he meets. When he is deceived by "circus promoters" to accompany them to a musical gig in the nation's capital, his joyful life takes an unimaginable turn. He awakens in shackles to find he has been drugged, kidnapped and bound for the slave block in D.C.

After Solomon is shipped a thousand miles to New Orleans, he is assigned his slave name and quickly learns that the mere utterance of his true origin or rights as a freeman are certain to bring severe punishment or death. While he endures the brutal life of a slave in Louisiana's isolated Bayou Boeuf plantation country, he must learn how to play the system and plot his escape home.

For 12 years, his fine mind captures the reality of slavery in stunning detail, as we learn about the characters that populate plantation society and the intrigues of the bayou - from the collapse of a slave rebellion resulting in mass hangings due to traitorous slave Lew Cheney, to the tragic end of his friend Patsey because of Mrs. Epps' jealously of her husband's sexual exploitation of his pretty young slave.

When Solomon finally finds a sympathizing friend who risks his life to secret a letter to the North, a courageous rescue attempt ensues that could either compound Solomon's suffering, or get him back to the arms of his family.


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  • Dawn H

    I'm here. In the back on the right

    November 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, I'm still stuck at work, so I may have to cancel depending on how long I stay. Not a very good 1st impression to cancel, but hope you understand.

    November 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I found some discussion questions. I will print them and bring them to the meeting.

    November 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are we meeting on Tuesday or rescheduling?

    November 18, 2013

    • Dawn H

      We're still on.

      November 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Dawn, this sounds like an interesting book and I'd like to join in, but I have not had the chance to read it yet. Also this would be my first attendance for this group.

    November 17, 2013

    • Dawn H

      You're more than welcome to come but know that we've read it so it might spoil it for you...it's completely up to you!

      November 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I don't care? I can't attend on the 20 and 21.

    November 13, 2013

  • Dawn H

    Due to low numbers do we want to reschedule this?

    November 13, 2013

  • Tammy

    Ugh.....have to go to NY state for work for a customer trial Tues-Thurs that week :( sorry ladies. I'm enjoying the book, not done yet though.o

    November 11, 2013

  • Dawn H

    Sounds good to me !

    November 7, 2013

  • Tammy

    I think Billy's is a great suggestion! We haven't been there yet, and half price specials are always appreciated. I've had appetizers there a while back and they were good. I tend to somehow more often have martini's when I'm there.....gee, not sure how that happens, haha!

    November 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    November 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How about Billy's Martini Bar in Mentor? They have a full menu.

    Billy's Martini Bar
    7338 Industrial Park
    on Rt. 306
    Mentor, OH 44060

    Tuesday:
    Hand Rolled Sushi Night
    1/2 Price Martinis for Ladies from 5-9pm


    http://billysacappellimartinibar.com/Specials.html

    November 7, 2013

  • Dawn H

    We need a place. Any suggestions???

    October 30, 2013

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