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Healing the Wounds of the Past

In March we will be reading three selections that fit the theme “Healing the Wounds of the Past.” The theme comes from a quote from Attica Locke: “When it comes to healing the wounds of its troubled racial past, the United States is still in its ‘adolescent phase.’” This month’s selections are: Atticka Locke’s The Cutting Season, Edward P. Jones’s The Known World, and Toni Morrison’s Beloved.
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Atticka Locke’s The Cutting Season
When the dead body of a young woman is found on the grounds of Belle Vie , the estate's manager, Caren Gray, launches her own investigation into the plantation's history, which leads her to a centuries-old mystery involving the plantation's slave quarters — and her own past.
http://www.npr.org/books/titles/160967870/the-cutting-season

Edward P. Jones’s The Known World
The Known World tells the story of Henry Townsend, a black farmer and former slave who falls under the tutelage of William Robbins, the most powerful man in Manchester County, Virginia. Making certain he never circumvents the law, Townsend runs his affairs with unusual discipline. But when death takes him unexpectedly, his widow, Caldonia, can't uphold the estate's order, and chaos ensues. Jones has woven a footnote of history into an epic that takes an unflinching look at slavery in all its moral complexities.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1476600

Toni Morrison’s Beloved
Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe's new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement by Nobel Prize laureate Toni Morrison.
http://www.npr.org/books/titles/138342913/beloved

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Reminder: We usually choose 2-3 books per month. You're welcome at our meeting whether you read all or none of the books. We read fiction, nonfiction, and plays, and usually try to cover 1 piece of classic literature monthly. We read books reviewed or mentioned on NPR, and try to mirror NPR's tone at our meetings: thoughtful, polite discussion & commentary, with no arguing or posturing, and no sacred cows or unmentioned elephants in the room.

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  • Carole B.

    Hi: These are not usually the type of literature I read, however, after reading these three story lines, I must say I'm intrigued and would like to read the books.

    February 13, 2013

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