Spring Reading + Meeting Schedule
3rd Wednesday of the month
Use the Microsoft Teams Link or Meeting ID on the Noted Day + Time to Join Each Meeting
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 12:30 p.m.
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Winner of multiple 2020 Book of the Year awards, The Vanishing Half moves from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s to weave together multiple strands and generations of the Vignes family and to tell their emotional, riveting story. The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical, but after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, everything is different: their families, their communities, their racial identities. One sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape; the other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. This is a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing, and it also looks well beyond issues of race by exploring the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person’s decisions, desires, and expectations.
Wednesday March 24, 12:30 pm
The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
March Murder Mystery! Here master of mystery, Agatha Christie first introduces her now famous female detective: Miss Marple. In this thrilling whodunit, the murder of Colonel Protheroe — shot through the head — is a shock to everyone in St Mary Mead, though hardly an unpleasant one, and the picturesque English village of St Mary Mead is overpopulated with suspects. Perhaps more surprising than the revelation of the murderer is the detective who will crack the case: ‘a white-haired old lady with a gentle, appealing manner.’ Miss Jane Marple has arrived on the scene, and crime literature’s private men’s club of great detectives will never be the same.
Wednesday April 21, 12:30 pm How We Fight for Our Lives Saeed Jones
From award-winning poet Saeed Jones, How We Fight for Our Lives is a stunning coming-of-age memoir written at the crossroads of sex, race, and power. Haunted and haunting, Jones’s memoir tells the story of a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights across the American landscape to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears. Jones invites readers into his boyhood and adolescence and shares vignettes of the many tumultuous relationships, which build into an examination of race and queerness, power and vulnerability, love and grief: a portrait of what we all do for one another—and to one another—as we fight to become ourselves.
All Are Welcome—whether or not you’ve read the book!
You are encouraged to bring any questions or comments about the book and/or to share any favorite parts or quotations. You are, of course, also welcome to just sit quietly and listen.
And don’t forget to check out our online Book Club Supplement through www.Goodreads.com called “MxCC READS!” Online you can participate in virtual book discussions, help select future reading choices, and more! Check it out!
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