Parkland Library Book Club
Parkland Library Book Club
Read the book first and then come discuss it as a group!
Book discussion groups are held on Saturdays once
a month at 10:30 a.m. To reserve your copy of the book or for more information
call (954) 757-4214 or email Rhonda Weiss.
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
Saturday, October 10th, 10:30 a.m.
This unforgettable story of a mother and son fleeing a drug-cartel to cross the US-Mexico border follows the story of Lydia Quixano Pérez, who runs a bookstore in Acapulco, Mexico where she lives with her husband, Sebastián, a journalist, and their son, Luca. When a man starts visiting her store, buying books and striking up a friendship, she has no idea initially that he will be responsible for turning her life upside down. But Lydia and Luca will have to flee Acapulco, setting them on a journey they will share with countless other Central and South Americans-turned migrants. From the colossal opening chapter to the epilogue, American Dirt is a novel of crisp writing, urgent pacing, and remarkable empathy. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Saturday, November 7th, 10:30 a.m.
When Elwood Curtis, a black boy growing up in 1960s Tallahassee, is unfairly sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, he finds himself trapped in a grotesque chamber of horrors. Elwood’s only salvation is his friendship with fellow “delinquent” Turner, which deepens despite Turner’s conviction that Elwood is hopelessly naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble. As life at the Academy becomes more perilous, the tension between Elwood’s ideals and Turner’s skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades. Based on the real story of a reform school that operated for 111 years and impacted thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers. Parkland Library card required to register.
The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
Saturday, December 5th, 10:30 a.m.
The Other Einstein offers us a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein's enormous shadow. This novel resurrects Einstein's wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated. Was she simply Einstein's sounding board, an assistant performing complex mathematical equations? Or did she contribute something more? Parkland Library card required to register.
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