LUNCHTIME BOOK CLUB: Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings
Women played a large role in the fledgling abolitionist movement preceding the Civil War by several decades but were shushed by their male compatriots if they pointed out their own subservient status. Noting the similarity between women having few rights and slaves having none in the pre-Civil War American South, Monk's (The Secret Life of Bees) compelling work of historical fiction stands out from the because of its layers of imaginative details of the lives of actual abolitionists from Charleston, SC-Sarah and Angelina Grimke-and Handful, a young slave in their family home. With her far more desperate desire for freedom, Handful steals the story from the two freethinking sisters while they wrestle with their consciences for years, still bound by society's strictures. VERDICT This richly imagined narrative brings both black history and women's history to life with an unsentimental story of two women who became sisters under the skin-Handful, a slave in body whose mind roves freely and widely, and "owner" Sarah, whose mind is shackled by family and society. [See Prepub Alert, 7/8/13.]-Laurie Cavanaugh, Holmes P.L., Halifax, MA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
The Lunchtime bookclub is the same as the Bud Werner Library Book Club, but it meets earlier in the day. Both clubs read the same titles, but on different dates and times. The Adult Book Clubmeets once a month and is facilitated by Bud Werner Library's Circulation Services Manager, Michelle Dover. The book club is designed to be inclusive, supportive and meet the needs and interests of the group. The club is open to anyone interested in participating and you need not attend all the discussions, just pick the ones that interest you! Group is limited to 15 participants per meeting. Sign up at the circulation desk, call 879-0240, or register online.