What we're about

This book club meets in Hillcrest, North Park, and nearby uptown areas. This is a fun and social group- we want to discuss the books but also get to know each other and have a good time! We'll meet monthly in a coffee shop, brewery or bar in the Uptown area and discuss the book of the month.

At least to start, books will broadly fit the theme of "Diverse Voices," meaning books written by diverse authors and/or with a diverse main character who has a unique perspective. "Diversity" can mean a lot of things, from country of origin to sexual orientation to disability status, and we're interested in the whole range.

Upcoming books:

January: Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan

February: There There by Tommy Orange

March: The Windfall by Diksha Basu

April: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

May: Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt de la Pena

June: Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson

July: Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters

August: The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline

September: No Heaven for Good Boys by Keisha Bush

October: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

November: How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones

December: White Elephant!

January: The Mermaid from Jeju by Sumi Hahn

If you have a book suggestion or other suggestion, please send it my way :)

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Book Club Meeting: No Heaven for Good Boys by Keisha Bush

September's book is No Heaven for Good Boys by Keisha Bush. I'll bring a few questions to start us off, but this will be a casual discussion as well as a chance to get to know each other.

Description of the book:

In this evocative debut novel, two boys in the bustling city of Dakar, Senegal, band together against the forces of darkness while trying to find their way home.

Six-year-old Ibrahimah loves devouring pastries from his mother's kitchen, harvesting green beans with his father, and racing down to the beach after mosque in search of sea glass with his sisters. But when he is approached in his rural village one day by Marabout Ahmed, a seemingly kind stranger and highly regarded Koranic teacher, the tides of his life turn forever. Unbeknownst to Ibrahimah's parents, when Ibrahimah is sent to join his cousin Etienne to study the Koran for a year--the local custom for many families--Ibrahimah is sent out to beg in the streets in order to line his teacher's pockets.

To make it back home alive, Etienne and Ibrahimah must help one another survive both the dangers posed by Marabout and the myriad threats of the city: black market organ traders, rival packs of boys from other daaras, and mounting student protest on the streets.

Drawn from real incidents, this extraordinary debut novel locates the universal through the story of two boys caught in the terrible sweep of history. Transporting us between rural and urban Senegal, No Heaven for Good Boys shows the strength that can emerge when one has no other choice but to survive.

If you have any questions, please let me know!

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