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Location: TBD This months book selection: The Color of Water by James McBride About the Book: Who is Ruth McBride Jordan? A self-declared "light-skinned" woman evasive about her ethnicity, yet steadfast in her love for her twelve black children. James McBride, journalist, musician, and son, explores his mother's past, as well as his own upbringing and heritage, in a poignant and powerful debut, The Color Of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother. The son of a black minister and a woman who would not admit she was white, James McBride grew up in "orchestrated chaos" with his eleven siblings in the poor, all-black projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn. "Mommy," a fiercely protective woman with "dark eyes full of pep and fire," herded her brood to Manhattan's free cultural events, sent them off on buses to the best (and mainly Jewish) schools, demanded good grades, and commanded respect. As a young man, McBride saw his mother as a source of embarrassment, worry, and confusion—and reached thirty before he began to discover the truth about her early life and long-buried pain. Future Book Suggestions: Jungle of Stones by William Carlsen Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman Ship of Gold by Gary Kinder The Little Paris Bookshop All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante The Lost Girls of Paris Ten Minutes Thirty-Eight Seconds Little Fires Everywhere
We're setting this up as a Zoom meeting again. See ZOOM operating details below*** You can just click the "Online event" link when it comes time to join the meeting. Oct 29: "Conjure Women" by Afia Atakora , 419pp. From GoodReads: A mother and daughter with a shared talent for healing—and for the conjuring of curses—are at the heart of this dazzling first novel Conjure Women is a sweeping story that brings the world of the South before and after the Civil War vividly to life. Spanning eras and generations, it tells of the lives of three unforgettable women: Miss May Belle, a wise healing woman; her precocious and observant daughter Rue, who is reluctant to follow in her mother's footsteps as a midwife; and their master's daughter Varina. The secrets and bonds among these women and their community come to a head at the beginning of a war and at the birth of an accursed child, who sets the townspeople alight with fear and a spreading superstition that threatens their newly won, tenuous freedom. Magnificently written, brilliantly researched, richly imagined, Conjure Women moves back and forth in time to tell the haunting story of Rue, Varina, and May Belle, their passions and friendships, and the lengths they will go to save themselves and those they love. Upcoming books: Nov 19: "These Ghosts Are Family" by Maisy Card Dec 17: "The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane" Jan 28: "The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz" by Erik Larson, 464 pp. RSVP guidelines: If you attend a meeting, you will be automatically RSVP'd Yes for the following month's meeting. If you will be unable to attend, please let us know by changing that RSVP to No. ***In response to the guidelines set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, advice from the World Health Organization, and to protect the health and safety of the Meetup community during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re are hosting this event online to keep our communities safe and connected. You don't have to enable zoom, but click on the link listed in the "online event" section to join. Here is a link to for zoom HELP and tutorials: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362033-Getting-Started-on-Windows-and-Mac Zoom works on mobile and pc. You will need to make sure you have a working microphone. Hope to see you guys there. If you want to practice joining ZOOM before the meeting, you can message Debra ahead of time.