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.
Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
Saturday, July 11th, 10:30 a.m.
One summer morning, 12-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Among them are a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured veteran returning from Afghanistan, a business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. Halfway across the country, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor. Edward’s story captures the attention of the nation, but he struggles to find a place in a world without his family. He continues to feel that a part of himself has been left in the sky, forever tied to the plane and all of his fellow passengers. But then he makes an unexpected discovery, one that will lead him to the answers of some of life’s most profound questions.
Best Book Brag
Saturday, August 8th, 10:30 a.m.
This fun get-together is the culmination of the “Imagine Your Story” Adult Summer Reading Club. Brag about your favorite book, and it might get selected as one of next year’s Book Club titles! Or just listen to others’ recommendations to get good reading ideas. Brunch will be served (if in-person event is permitted). Parkland Library card required to register.
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Saturday, September 12th, 10:30 a.m.
The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it's not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it's everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Many years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters' storylines intersect? Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing. Looking well beyond issues of race, The Vanishing Half considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person's decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins. Parkland Library card required to register.
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