Library Book Club – March 2

The Library Book Club meets on the first Saturday of the month, starting at 9:00 a.m. in the Library Meeting Room.

The selection for March 2019 is Mudbound by Hillary Jordan. Discussion led by Sue Schmidt.

In Jordan’s prize-winning debut, prejudice takes many forms, both subtle and brutal. It is 1946, and city-bred Laura McAllan is trying to raise her children on her husband’s Mississippi Delta farm – a place she finds foreign and frightening. In the midst of the family’s struggles, two young men return from the war to work the land. Jamie McAllan, Laura’s brother-in-law, is everything her husband is not – charming, handsome, and haunted by his memories of combat. Ronsel Jackson, eldest son of the black sharecroppers who live on the McAllan farm, has come home with the shine of a war hero. But no matter his bravery in defense of his country, he is still considered less than a man in the Jim Crow South. It is the unlikely friendship of these brothers-in-arms that drives this powerful novel to its inexorable conclusion. The men and women of each family relate their versions of events and we are drawn into their lives as they become players in a tragedy on the grandest scale. As Barbara Kingsolver says of Hillary Jordan, “Her characters walked straight out of 1940s Mississippi and into the part of my brain where sympathy and anger and love reside, leaving my heart racing. They are with me still.” –Goodreads.com

All are welcome!

 

Upcoming Selections:

April 2019 — The Earth Speaks: An Acclimatization Journal by Stephen van Matre and Bill Weiler (editors). Presented by Bob Drummond.

May 2019  — Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. Presented by Julie Baird.

June 2019 — Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell. Presented by Sylvia Arellano.

July 2019 — Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernieres. Presented by Tim Garvey.

August 2019 — Planning meeting for 2019-2020 Book Club.

September 2019 — Virgil Wander by Leif Enger. Presented by Caroline Evans.

October 2019 — The Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road by Finn Murphy. Presented by Mabel Risch.

 

For more information about the Book Club, call Tiffany McNeil at 970/964-2573.