Discuss in March: The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

Based on the results of our most recent poll, we will read The Good Lord Bird by James McBride for our March meetup.

Abolitionist John Brown calls her "Little Onion", but her real name is Henry.  A slave in Kansas mistaken for girl due to the sackcloth smock he was wearing when Brown shot his master, the light-skinned, curly-haired 12-year-old ends up living as a young woman, most often encamped with Brown's renegade band of freedom warriors as they traverse the country, raising arms and ammunition for their battle against slavery. Though they travel to Rochester, New York to meet with Frederick Douglass and Canada to enlist the help of Harriet Tubman, Brown and his ragtag army fail to muster sufficient support for their mission to liberate African Americans, heading inexorably to the infamously bloody and pathetic raid on Harpers Ferry. McBride works Little Onion's down-home patois to great effect, using the savvy but scared innocent to bring a fresh immediacy to this sobering chapter in American history. (Carol Haggas, from Booklist)

(from Amazon.com)

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  • Eileen F.

    I had a wonderful time at this meetup. It was the first time I attended and look forward to the next meeting. I really enjoyed hearing everyone's point of view on the book.

    1 · March 13, 2014

  • Cecelia L.

    Good book and would recommend reading it.

    1 · March 13, 2014

  • Joyce

    And thank you, Me, for the delicious muffins!

    March 12, 2014

  • Joyce

    Thanks to all for your enthusiastic participation in our discussion of this provocative book.

    March 12, 2014

  • SA

    I'm excited to attend my 1st book club discussion, although I have no idea what to expect!

    March 7, 2014

  • Carly D.

    I just found out I have to go out of town for work Tuesday through Thursday next week so I have to miss it this time :( See you all in April!

    March 7, 2014

    • Joyce

      That's too bad! Look forward to seeing you in April.

      March 7, 2014

  • Jeanne

    Conflict in schedule see you next time.

    March 6, 2014

  • SA

    I'm excited to attend my 1st book club discussion, although I have no idea what to expect!

    February 9, 2014

    • Carly D.

      Welcome! We always have a great discussion :) I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

      1 · February 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have to go to book discussions during daylight hours at the library as do not like to drive in the dark.

    February 18, 2014

  • Sue C.

    What luck for me! I am presently reading "The Good Lord Bird". Now, if I can remember the details until March 12th....LOL Looking forward to finally attending one of your meetings!

    February 7, 2014

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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