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Read With Us: Now In Its 2nd Year!

It was last September, almost exactly a year ago now, that Bonny, Carole, and I asked you to come on along on a "bloggy-book-group" adventure with us. We invited you to . . . 

Read With Us

Like any new book group, we're figuring things out as we go along. How to enourage people to  . . . read with us. What type of books to select. How often we should "meet." And - most challenging for us - how to host a meaningful and interesting book discussion via our blogs. We thank all of you for reading with us and supporting us as we work out the kinks and figure out how to make this work!

Today is a special day for us . . . as we announce our next Read With Us book selection.

The Women of Brewster Place

Earlier this summer, I discovered this list - the Zora Canon - of the 100 best books by black women authors, and we decided to choose our next Read With Us book from the list. It was not an easy choice! There are so many excellent books on the list, but the The Women of Brewster Place rose to the top for us. It was a book none of us had heard of before, but all three of us immediately wanted to read -- and we thought you might enjoy it, too. Published in 1982, it's now considered a "contemporary classic," and is often taught in literature classes. The author, Gloria Naylor, won the National Book Award for First Novel in 1983 -- and the book has even been made into a television series. Twice.

I'm half-way through the book now, and I think it will be a good selection for us to read together. It's a series of interconnected stories about 7 women who live in Brewster Place, an inner city housing complex. There is much depth to the stories and the characters, and I think you'll really enjoy reading this one. I had no trouble getting the book from my library (your mileage may vary), but it's also available for Kindle for $2.99 right now (limited time offer, so don't delay if you're interested).

We'll be talking more about the book next month, and then we'll host the blog-based discussion in November.

I do hope you'll Read With Us!


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I haven't started reading yet, but I do love interconnected stories. I think/hope this will be a very interesting read!


I am excited for this selection! (and thank you for the link to that awesome book list!)


Great choice Kym! Already delivered to my Kindle. Looking forward to checking out that list as well.


How awesome that Amazon dropped the price just for US! I'm really enjoying this one so far and that book list is fantastic.


I'm on the Overdrive wait list at my library! I do remember when this came out, though I never read it. Looking forward to it.


I'm really looking forward to this one. I went over to Amazon to take advantage of the Kindle sale and discovered that I had credits that made it free. If that's not a good sign, I don't know what is!

Margene Smith

I was surprised to hear none of you had heard of it, but then I'm a decade older. I read it in the 80s and saw the TV series as well. Incredibly, my library doesn't have a copy! The Kindle copy was inexpensive enough it was a no brainer to buy.

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