Abby Aguirre of the New Yorker makes note of the relevance and warnings in Octavia Butler’s novel: “Octavia Butler’s tenth novel, Parable of the Sower, which was published in 1993, opens in Los Angeles in 2024. Global warming has brought drought and rising seawater. The middle class and working poor live in gated neighborhoods, where they fend off the homeless with guns and walls. Fresh water is scarce, as valuable as money.”
We will talk about this book on Wednesday, April 14 at 6:00-7:00 PM EST. Copies are available from the Mahoning County Public Library, Trumbull County Public Library, Maag Library via OhioLink, and the YSU Barnes and Noble. Haven’t read the book yet? No worries. Join us. Register for the Zoom room here.
We’ll meet Wednesday, May 12 to discuss the last title in this series of books by Black authors, AnAmerican Marriage, by Tayari Jones (novel). After a summer hiatus, we will resume the conversation in September with a new series on writer-as-subject (fiction, biography, autobiography). Titles will be announced in time for summer reading.
Uzodinma Iweala praises NoViolet Bulawayo’s first novel in her New York Times review. “Bulawayo is clearly a gifted writer. She demonstrates a striking ability to capture the uneasiness that accompanies a newcomer’s arrival in America, to illuminate how the reinvention of the self in a new place confronts the protective memory of the way things were back home.”
Wednesday, March 10 at 6:00 on Zoom. Register here.
Copies are available from the Mahoning County Public Library, the Trumbull County Public Library, Maag Library via OhioLink, and the YSU Barnes and Noble.
Haven’t read the book yet? No worries. Join us.
April 14 (graphic novel) Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler May 12 (novel) An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
In The Thing Around Your Neck… Adichie turns her penetrating eye on not only Nigeria but also America, in twelve dazzling stories that explore the ties that bind men and women, parents and children, Africa and the United States.
Copies of this book can be obtained from the Trumbull County Public Library, and the YSU Barnes and Noble.
Wednesday, January 13, 6:00-7:00PM EST. Register here. Haven’t read the book yet? No worries. Join us.
February 10 (novel) The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead March 10 (novel) We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo April 14 (graphic novel) Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler May 12 (novel) An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Let’s celebrate Black children’s book authors and artists! Bring any book written and/or illustrated by a Black author. We will meet on Zoom Wednesday, December 9 from 6:00-7:00 PM EST. Don’t have a book? No worries. Join us. Register for the Zoom room here.
Tess Taylor of NPR describes Ross Gay’s Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude: “Gay’s poems burst forth in leggy, unexpected ways, zooming in on legs furred with pollen or soil breast-stroking into the xylem.”
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 6 PM EST – 7 PM EST on Zoom. Register here. Copies of this book are available through Maag Library via the OhioLink, and the YSU Barnes and Noble. Haven’t read the book yet? No worries. Join us.
“In an essay on race and memory, Toni Morrison wrote of ‘the stress of remembering, its inevitability, [but] the chances for liberation that lie within the process.’ Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new novel, The Water Dancer, is an experiment in taking Morrison’s ‘chances for liberation’ literally: What if memory had the power to transport enslaved people to freedom?” by Annalisa Quinn of NPR.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 6 PM – 7 PM EST on Zoom. Register here for the 2020 book discussions on the second Wednesday.
We missed everyone during our usual summer break. Let’s get the convo re-started with Zadie Smith’s The Autograph Man, Wednesday September 9 from 6:00-7:00. September through December we’ll meet 2nd Wednesdays on Zoom (until it’s safe to return to Cultivate Cafe). This registration link will give you access to the remaining 2020 discussions. In January we’ll switch to 2nd Thursdays, with a new registration link.
Last round, we enjoyed a series of books surrounding the theme of humankind in the natural world. As usual, we take the summer off and start up in September with a new series, this time books by Black authors. Hope you’ll join us.
September through December we’ll meet 2nd Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00. We met at Cultivate Cafe until we switched to Zoom. We miss meeting in person and will do so as soon as it’s safe. In January we’ll move to 2nd Thursdays.
The last selection in our series on humankind and the nature world is Bringing Nature Home by Douglas H. Tallamy. This is a fantastic guide for anyone with a lawn or garden, to restore the lost biodiversity from many decades of popular landscaping choices. The book is well organized and readable, with plenty of anecdotes and examples.
We picked this book out half a year ago for our series on humankind in the natural world; who knew it would be so relevant?
The Hidden Half of Nature is described as an “ambitious and prodigiously researched book” that presents a “romantic view of the microbial world” by Sonia Shah, a science journalist writing for The New York Times.
“At the heart of this delightful book lies the simple belief that microbes have ‘shaped our past and how we treat them will shape our future in ways we are only beginning to understand.’” Publishers Weekly Review
“A must-read for avid gardeners, those interested in bolstering our precarious food supply, or anyone remotely concerned about their health and the soil under their feet.” Kirkus Reviews Review
“Eye opening … A must for all fascinated by the workings of the body and for those concerned with health care and the environment.” BooklistContinue reading →