Evening Book Discussion Club

At the Lavonia-Carnegie Library

The Underground Railroad

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Monday, July 23, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead: Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted. Their first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city's placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom. - Publisher

The Same Kind of Different as Me

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Monday, June 25, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

The Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall: Meet Denver, raised under plantation-style slavery in Louisiana until he escaped "da Man" in the 1960s by hopping a train. He then spends 18 homeless years on the streets of Dallas until he meets Deborah. Her husband, Ron, an international art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani suits and art-collecting millionaires is uncomfortable with Denver. Then the story takes a devastating twist when Deborah discovers she has cancer. Will Ron embrace his dying wife's vision to rescue Denver, or will Denver be the one rescuing Ron? Can Denver learn to trust a white man? There's pain and laughter, doubt and tears, and in the end a triumphant story that readers will never forget. - Publisher

The Nightingale

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Monday, April 23, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: Viann and Isabelle have always been close despite their differences. Younger, bolder sister Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann lives a quiet and content life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. When World War II strikes and Antoine is sent off to fight, Viann and Isabelle's father sends Isabelle to help her older sister cope. As the war progresses, it's not only the sisters' relationship that is tested, but also their strength and their individual senses of right and wrong. With life as they know it changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Viann and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions. Vivid and exquisite in its illumination of a time and place that was filled with great monstrosities, but also great humanity and strength, Kristin Hannah's novel will provoke thought and discussion that will have readers talking long after they turn the last page. - Publisher

Ordinary Grace

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Monday, March 26, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger: Looking back at a tragic event that occurred during his thirteenth year, Frank Drum explores how a complicated web of secrets, adultery, and betrayal shattered his Methodist family and their small 1961 Minnesota community. - Publisher

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