African American Authors Book Club

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m.
At the Athens-Clarke County Library

The African American Authors Book Club is for anyone who is interested and who loves to read. The books are selected by members of the book club and are primarily books written by African American authors. Our objective is to broaden our knowledge of the many African American authors and their writings and just have fun reading.

Laelia

Bookcover

Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

Laelia by Ruth-Miriam Garnett: Laelia is the story of the Cates sisters, vibrant and prosperous African American matrons who decide to free themselves from ailing husbands and lackluster marriages. Led by the eldest sister, Rebecca, the three women embark upon a plan to discreetly but systematically place their men in care facilities. Rebecca commandeers her two younger sisters, Claudia and Gracelyn -- assigning each a role in distracting their community from their real intent -- to live life unencumbered by rarely sober Timothy, confused Jake, and terminally ill Bernard. Rebecca's skillful strategizing ensures that the women will emerge from their plan smelling like roses, their good names intact, despite the Old Testament rantings of their Baptist pastor and relentlessly gossiping neighbors in their small-town world of Peoria, Illinois. Claudia, instructed by Rebecca to be more outgoing, enchants her parochial neighbors with her refined bearing and urbane chic. Gracelyn corrals the Sunday school children and stages a play about Harriet Tubman, equipped with Greek chorus. When Hillary Clinton appears at a tea the sisters host at their mansion for the churchwomen, the Cates women achieve a veritable coup, establishing themselves as the indisputable leaders of their newly empowered female neighbors. These unforgettable women, united in their purpose, transcend the unkind hand fate dealt them as younger women. They find themselves anew and introduce the possibility of midlife romance. Laelia tells a tale of sisterly devotion and love, and the ties that bind as well as liberate. - Publisher

The Warmth of Other Suns

Book cover

Tuesday, February 9, 5:00 p.m.

http://gapines.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/medium/r/5149782 by Isabel Wilkerson: In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. - Publisher

Anything We Love Can Be Saved

Bookcover

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Anything We Love Can Be Saved by Alice Walker: In Anything We Love Can Be Saved, Alice Walker writes about her life as an activist, in a book rich in the belief that the world is saveable, if only we will act. Speaking from her heart on a wide range of topics--religion and the spirit, feminism and race, families and identity, politics and social change--Walker begins with a moving autobiographical essay in which she describes her own spiritual growth and roots in activism. She goes on to explore many important private and public issues: being a daughter and raising one, dreadlocks, banned books, civil rights, and gender communication. She writes about Zora Neale Hurston and Salman Rushdie and offers advice to Bill Clinton. Here is a wise woman's thoughts as she interacts with the world today, and an important portrait of an activist writer's life. - Publisher

The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat

Bookcover

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore: Follows three high school friends--dubbed "The Supremes"--as they weather life's highs and lows, but always gather each Sunday at the same table at Earl's diner in Plainview, Ind., to talk it all out. - Publisher

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