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East Valley Book Club May Meetup

Well, I LOVED our discussion for March.  We go off on the most interesting of tangents.  My apologies to the author...

For May, we have picked a book that has gotten some attention lately:  12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup.  Here is what Amazon has to say:

Twelve Years a Slave, a chronicle of the amazing ordeal of a free African-American kidnapped from Washington, D.C., and impressed into slavery in Louisiana, is one of the most compelling and detailed slave narratives in existence. Although a best-selling book in its time, Solomon Northup’s narrative has existed in the shadow of more academically prominent and popularly celebrated narratives like The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845). Nonetheless, Northup’s account of his kidnapping and enslavement is a masterpiece of historical detail, and the narrative has been noted for its easily researched and widely corroborated elements. The text and story were virtually unchallenged by Southern apologists or partisans of the era. Northup resists the urge to laud himself as an exemplary character or focus solely his own experience, giving contemporary readers a remarkable account of the lives of the slave community as a whole. As an educated man, torn from freedom and plunged into slavery, he brings into horrible and tantalizingly exact clarity the life and labor of slaves in the antebellum American South, the complex economic choices and ironic moral concessions of slaveholding, and the calamitous effect of slavery on the foundations of civilization. 

I can't WAIT to get into this book, and, more importantly, discuss it with everyone!  Hope to see you there!


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  • Lise B

    I may be a little late.... I loved the book!

    1 · May 6, 2014

  • Barbara A.

    I read this book several months ago. It is a tough read because of the reality of his and others' enslavement. Should provide plenty for discussion. Miss you guys. Wish you were still meeting in a closer location.

    May 6, 2014

  • Stephanie S.

    I have missed meetings due to my daughters long illness, but am prepared to rejoin and participate!!

    May 2, 2014

  • Jim

    Hey, I know no one else liked it, but they made a movie out of Night Train to Lisbon.

    April 22, 2014

    • Shelly H.

      OH GOD! Do you remember this one? I remember feeling like the biggest chump because I was the only one who finished this snorefest! So, shall we plan a meetup for everyone to see the movie together? I could use a nap....

      April 22, 2014

  • Monica

    I hate that I have to miss another one. I will have the summer free though. Yay!

    April 7, 2014

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