CH/Durham Book Club - June - Short Stories


We'll be reading short stories Recitatif by Toni Morrison and A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor.

"Recitatif" is a pioneering story in racial writing as the race of Twyla and Roberta are debatable. Though the characters are clearly separated by class, neither is affirmed as African American or Caucasian. Morrison has described the story as "an experiment in the removal of all racial codes from a narrative about two characters of different races for whom racial identity is crucial". - David Goldstein-Shirley

Available to read online here:http://www.nbu.bg/webs/amb/american/5/morrison/recitatif.htm

"A Good Man is Hard to Find" is a third person narrative, focusing on the Grandmother's perspective during a family vacation to Florida.  She tries convincing her family to visit Tennessee rather than Florida because a fugitive is on the loose but she is ignored. 
It is an unforgettable tale, both riveting and comic, of the confrontation of a family with violence and sudden death.
If you have any questions, please post or feel free to email.  Hope to see you there!

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  • Dawna J

    I really enjoyed myself. Great conversation. Can't wait for the next one.

    1 · June 26, 2013

  • Donte'

    Something last minute came up. :(

    June 25, 2013

  • Gretchen H.

    Sorry didn't make it. Hope to next time.

    June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Next time!

    June 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Next time, I hope

    June 24, 2013

  • Christine G.

    So sorry I cannot join join you this month!

    June 21, 2013

    • jaimee

      No fun! I hope we see you in July!!

      June 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    looking forward!

    1 · June 17, 2013

  • jaimee

    I found this audio file of Flannery O Connor reading her short story "A Good Man is Hard to Find" back in 1959!

    http://www.openculture.com/2012/05/rare_1959_audio_flannery_oconnor_reads_a_good_man_is_hard_to_find.html


    For those who want to explore the social and racial issues of Recititaf...I found an African American Literature class lecture on youtube.com that some people might find interesting.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6n-jAjKdq0

    June 10, 2013

  • jaimee

    I hope everyone is enjoying the short stories this month. It gives one a little bit of freedom to do some extra curricular reading on the side too. If people are really loving the short story feel...i would recommend they pick up Tillie Olsen's Tell Me a Riddle. A fantastic short story you might want to read a few times to get everything from it.

    June 10, 2013

  • jaimee

    If anyone is interested, there will be Trivia going on after the book club. Its open to everyone! It starts at 9p.

    June 5, 2013

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