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The Portsmouth Book Club December - Between the World and Me

  • The Rusty Hammer

    49 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, NH (map)

    43.076322 -70.757280

  • Just ask the bartender or hostess.
  • Our Pick for December's meetup is Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Here is the description from GoodReads:

    In a series of essays, written as a letter to his son, Coates confronts the notion of race in America and how it has shaped American history, many times at the cost of black bodies and lives. Thoughtfully exploring personal and historical events, from his time at Howard University to the Civil War, the author poignantly asks and attempts to answer difficult questions that plague modern society. In this short memoir, the "Atlantic" writer explains that the tragic examples of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and those killed in South Carolina are the results of a systematically constructed and maintained assault to black people--a structure that includes slavery, mass incarceration, and police brutality as part of its foundation. From his passionate and deliberate breakdown of the concept of race itself to the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement, Coates powerfully sums up the terrible history of the subjugation of black people in the United States. A timely work, this title will resonate with all teens--those who have experienced racism as well as those who have followed the recent news coverage on violence against people of color.

    NOTE: For those who would like to participate, we will be doing our annual Christmas book swap! Bring a wrapped book - a favorite you would like to pass around, and we will draw numbers for a book swap!

    The other books nominated were:

    Bucky F*cking Dent by David Duchovny

    Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

    A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

    Thanks to all who attended the discussion for Smoke Gets in Your Eyes! Great group!

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  • Elizabeth M.

    Oh a book swap?!! How fun! :-)

    November 16

    • Rebecca

      We do one every year. It is a lot of fun!

      November 16

  • Barb H.

    Just read it with another group, but I missed the discussion. Well worth the effort to read it.

    1 · November 16

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  • Bob L.
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    While awaying the hours with a good book is one of my favorite forms of relaxation....­ more

  • Rebecca
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    I love to get lost in a good book, discuss books and get suggestions for great reads from other... more

  • Craig
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    Just like books, this little bookclub is my retreat away from everything else. I look forward to... more

  • Kate

    Loves long books, Netflix, child's pose, Better N' Peanut Butter, and complimentary airline socks.

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