Do you find yourself dealing with life as an introvert, yet wanting to meet people with similar interests? Me, too! I am a Christian over 50 who recently moved to Buffalo for my career. I am an avid reader and would like this to be a book discussion group. Every active member will have the opportunity to suggest books in different genres. Please, nothing trashy! We will meet on Friday nights at Wegmans Cafe on Transit Rd. in Depew unless the group decides on a different day, time, and/or place.
Grab a cup of coffee, a snack, or some supper and head to the Cafe, where we will discuss "That Kind of Mother" by Rumaan Alam. You can find the book in your local library, on Amazon.com, or in your favorite bookstore.
In this sensitive novel, we will meet an affluent white couple who decides to adopt the infant son of their late nanny who was black. Alam's portrayal of contemporary race relations rings true throughout the pages of the book.
Grab something to eat or drink and meet in the Cafe to discuss this novel, of which The Washington Post says: "Small Great Things” is the most important novel Jodi Picoult has ever written. Frank, uncomfortably introspective and right on the day’s headlines, it will challenge her readers.
The protagonist, Ruth Jefferson, has been a labor and delivery nurse for more than 20 years. She’s a widow — her husband was killed while serving in Afghanistan — and her son, Edison, is an honor student. She’s also an African American living in a very white area of Connecticut and is the only black staff member in the maternity ward of the hospital where she works.
To survive in that white world, Ruth has convinced herself that race doesn’t matter. “I treat people the way I want to be treated,” she says, “based on their individual merits as human beings, not on their skin tone.” So when white supremacists Turk and Brittany Bauer refuse to allow Ruth to care for their newborn and the hospital acquiesces, she is shocked.
She obeys, but when the baby stops breathing, Ruth is the only person in the room, and she is charged with the child’s death.