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.
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!