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December's Book Discussion "Twelve Years a Slave" by Solomon Northup

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, and Alfre Woodard, this tie-in edition features a foreword from acclaimed director Steve McQueen

Perhaps the best written of all the slave narratives, Twelve Years a Slave is a harrowing memoir about one of the darkest periods in American history. It recounts how Solomon Northup, born a free man in New York, was lured to Washington, D.C., in 1841 with the promise of fast money, then drugged and beaten and sold into slavery. He spent the next twelve years of his life in captivity on a Louisiana cotton plantation.

After his rescue, Northup published this exceptionally vivid and detailed account of slave life. It became an immediate bestseller and today is recognized for its unusual insight and eloquence as one of the very few portraits of American slavery produced by someone as educated as Solomon Northup, or by someone with the dual perspective of having been both a free man and a slave.

 

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  • Linda

    Great discussion as always! All of the ladies are insightful and knowledgable! This book club is a treat!

    December 8, 2013

  • La T.

    I am going to have to miss you ladies today. :-(
    Feeling a bit under the weather - I think I'll be having a long date with my bed today...

    December 7, 2013

    • La T.

      Thanks! I have been. Sounds like it was a lively session. See you all soon.

      December 8, 2013

  • Jawanna C.

    I didn't have much to add cause I was tired and dealing with other issues, but I so love the I depth conversation about the difference between the movie and the book. Nevia has such passion. I love it!!!!!!! I will be back to myself in Jan.

    1 · December 8, 2013

  • La T.

    No, just barely started - first few chapters. I did see the movie, though! :-)

    November 25, 2013

  • La T.

    Jawanna, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. You and your family are in my prayers.

    November 12, 2013

  • Jawanna C.

    My apologies, ladies. I have yet to download the book. I got the link to download on Sunday, got a call on Monday that my Dad(whom I've been visiting in a home for years) was taking the turn for the worst, had to help plan his service on Tues, write his eulogy and help my granny prepare her house for guests. I have not been in the mindset to read, but after I prepare for his military honor (21 gun salute) that will take place this week, I'm going to do my best to finiSh it. I miss you all, I really do.

    November 10, 2013

    • Classy G.

      Praying for strength and peace.

      1 · November 12, 2013

    • Jawanna C.

      Thank you Classy. I so appreciate your concern:-). I'm doing pretty good today.

      November 12, 2013

  • Jawanna C.

    Thank you for your words and your prayer. I truly appreciate it.

    November 11, 2013

  • Classy G.

    Good book so far.

    November 10, 2013

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