Next Meetup

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Cookies will be provided, feel free to grab a drink or some food to eat while we discuss. Books will be available for checkout at the Circulation Desk at the Round Lake Area Public Library a month before the discussion or you can provide your own. Description from Amazon: In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden? Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.

Panera Bread

254 E Rollins Rd · Round Lake Beach, IL

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The Round Lake Area Public Library's newest book discussion group. We meet at Panera Bread in Round Lake Beach on the third Monday of the month to discuss the month's selection. Selections include a variety of books of interest to those in their 20's and 30's and always open to any suggestions you may have. Copies of the selection can be checked out from the circulation desk at the library.

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