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Blog Category: Book Sketches

Posted by BHanley on Tue, Oct 20
Outdoor Adult Book Chat: Virtual Book Discussion was held on Thursday, October 15. There were 6 titles recommended by readers. Go to the catalog or visit eZone to find a copy of available titles.  Deacon King Kong by James McBride Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid Unpresidented: A Biography of Donald Trump by Martha Brockenbrough Unwind...
Posted by SEgan on Wed, Oct 07
When the staff of a popular music app, Snoop, attend a company retreat at a beautiful, rustic mountain chalet in France, they were hoping for a weekend of mindfulness and bonding while skiing and cozying up around the fire. But when one of their group goes missing after an avalanche hits and two more turn up dead, the group finds themselves in an Agatha Christie-like murder mystery plot.  Who do you trust when everyone has a secret and will do anything to survive? Although atmospheric and well-...
Posted by BHanley on Tue, Oct 06
Tea & Book Chat: Virtual Book Discussion was held on Monday, October 5. There were 5 titles recommended by readers. Go to the catalog or visit eZone to find a copy of available titles.  Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World's Largest Owl by Jonathan C. Slaght Purgatory Ridge by William Kent Krueger Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell...
Posted by SEgan on Fri, Sep 25
Told from alternating perspectives across time, The Last Story of Mina Lee is a profoundly moving and unconventional mother-daughter saga that illustrates the devastating realities of being an immigrant in America.  For as long as she can remember, twenty-six-year-old Margot Lee has been embarrassed of her mother, Mina. From Mina’s inability to learn English, the way she yells to her customers to buy something, and her strange need to hold on to useless trinkets and broken objects in...
Posted by BHanley on Mon, Sep 21
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir is a powerful book by the two women (Patrisse Khan-Cullers and Asha Bandele) who created the Black Lives Matter hashtag that inspired the movement. BLM is more than just a hashtag. This memoir follows Patrisse Khan-Cullors, not from the moment the hashtag burst on the public consciousness, but from her childhood growing up black to her discovery of her queer identity, personal relationships, and how she got to where she is...
Posted by BHanley on Thu, Sep 17
Tea & Book Chat: Virtual Book Discussion was held on Monday, September 14. There were 5 titles recommended by readers. Go to the catalog or visit eZone to find a copy of available titles.  Becoming Duchess Goldblatt: A Memoir by Anonymous The Celestial Hunter by Robert Calasso A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich The Two Lives of Louis & Louise by Julie Cohen
Posted by BHanley on Fri, Sep 11
More Myself: A Journey by Alicia Keys (with Michelle Burford)  is part-memoir, part-autobiography, and part-documentary of the life of Alicia Keys. You mostly know her from The Voice and from her extensive musical catalog, which includes songs like "Fallin'," "If I Ain't Got You," "Empire State of Mind" (with Jay-Z), and "Girl on Fire." Alicia takes you on a journey of herself from her childhood to entering college early, assembling her first music album, becoming a celebrity...
Posted by SEgan on Fri, Jul 24
Twin sisters Stella and Desiree Vignes may be identical, growing up together in a small, southern black community that prides themselves on their light skin, but when they decide to run away at age sixteen in search of greater lives, their paths quickly drift apart. And when Stella leaves Desiree to begin a totally new life, everything for both twins changes. Ten years later, Desiree lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape and Stella secretly passes for...
Posted by SEgan on Wed, Jul 15
Told from the alternating perspectives of the three Butler sisters, Althea, Viola, and Lillian, The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls is a family drama that shows what happens when past trauma meets new family turmoil. Althea, the eldest sister and substitute matriarch, has always been strong willed and in charge of their family as well as a respected member of their local community. But when Althea and her husband Proctor are arrested, the family is quickly disgraced and...
Posted by BHanley on Wed, Jul 01
Tea & Book Chat: Virtual Book Discussion was held on Monday, June 29. There were 10 titles recommended by readers. Go to the catalog or visit eZone to find a copy of available titles.  American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth Darktown by Thomas Mullen I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown Madame Fourcade's Secret War by Lynne Olson Miss...

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