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Bring a brown bag lunch and join us to discuss “Don't Start Me Talkin’” by Tom Williams. This comedic road novel tells the story of Brother Ben, the only remaining True Delta Bluesman, as he embarks on his final North American tour. Set in contemporary society, Brother Ben's protégé Silent Sam Stamps narrates an episodic 'last ride,' that reveals America's complicated relationship with African-American culture.
Bring your lunch and join us to discuss "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd, a historical novel that retells the story of abolitionist Sarah Grimke and a woman who was her slave from childhood.
Bring a brown bag lunch and join us to discuss “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Boo illuminates the difficulties of life in Annawadi, a poor settlement in the shadow of luxurious hotels in Mumbai, India. The author relates the struggles of a Muslim teen, an ambitious rural mother and a young scrap metal thief as their efforts to build better lives are challenged by economic, religious and caste tensions.
Bring your lunch and join us to discuss "Blue Highways" by William Least Heat Moon, a chronicle of one man's three-month journey along America's back roads.
Bring a brown bag lunch and join us to discuss “One More Thing” by B.J. Novak. This debut short story collection has received critical acclaim for its insight, humor and sensitivity to the human condition. Exploring questions from the very familiar to the wildly unusual, “One More Thing” takes its inspiration from the deepest human emotions: love, fear, family, ambition, and the search for the soul.
Bring your lunch and join us to discuss "Flight Behavior" by Barbara Kingsolver. In this novel from 2012, environmental, economic and political issues converge as the residents of Feathertown, Tennessee, are forced to come to terms with their changing place in the larger world. Adults.
Bring a brown bag lunch and join us to discuss “The Sense of an Ending” by Julian Barnes. In his sixties, Tony Webster is presented with an unexpected and mysterious legacy from the mother of a long-ago girlfriend and finds himself struggling with his past. As he ponders this long-ago failed relationship, it becomes clear that this is a novel largely concerned with how, in the course of a life, we edit and erase our memories.
Bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of "A Perfect Day" by Richard Paul Evans. When a stranger appears with a mysterious message about the brevity of his future, Robert Harland discovers the truth about himself: who he has become, what he has lost, and what it will take to find love again.
Bring your lunch and join us as we discuss this year's One Read runner-up, "The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride. Little Onion, a 12-year-old slave actually named Henry, is mistaken for a girl and forced to flee the Kansas territory with abolitionist John Brown after an altercation with his master. The adventures that follow, told in Onion’s vibrant and singular voice, take us from Bloody Kansas to the doomed raid on Harpers Ferry.
One Read panelist Marty Riback will lead a discussion of this year's runner-up title, "The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride. If this historical romp was your preferred choice for this year's One Read, don't miss this chance to talk about it with like-minded others.