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June 2012 Reading Selection

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May 012012
 

We (Shirley, Jetola, Mary, Shelley, Naydia, and Pam) had a great time grubbing and hanging out at April’s GBC Meeting.  Mary and I had the Shrimp and Grits, and they were really good!  We all also enjoyed the book, “The Sacred Place” by Daniel Black.  We all like Mr. Black’s writing style and loved his characters.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Because of so many schedule conflicts, we had decided to not meet in June, and reconvene in June, here are the details:

  • When:  June 23, 2009
  • Where:  Pam’s House
  • Time:    10:30 AMJ

Now, what is our next reading selection?  Well, since we have read two heartbreaking books in a row, we are ready for a little levity!  So thanks to one of our GBC founders, Juanita  Cole Towerly, for suggesting our next selection…

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith!  (My son also recommends it.)  It sounds like a fun read, and we all are ready for a few good laughs.

So stay tuned for more details about the meeting.  Go get the book and get to reading!

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April 2012 – “The Sacred Place” by Daniel Black

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Apr 012012
 

Thanks to all who came out for our March meeting! we all loved this month’s selection “Gathering of Waters” by Bernice McFadden.

Well, we are going back to Money…. Money, Mississippi that is….

Our next selection is The Sacred Place: A novel Daniel Black

In the summer of 1955, fourteen-year-old Clement enters a general store in Money, Mississippi to purchase a soda. Unaware of the consequences of flouting the rules governing black-white relations in the South, this Chicago native defies tradition, by laying a dime on the counter and turns to depart. Miss Cuthbert, the store attendant, demands that he place the money in her hand, but he refuses, declaring, “I ain’t no slave!” and exits with a sense of entitlement unknown to black people at the time. His behavior results in his brutal murder. This event sparks a war in Money, forcing the black community to galvanize its strength in pursuit of equality.

  • Next Meeting:  April 28, 2012
  • Time:  10:30 AM
  • Location: TBD

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March 2012 Selection – “Gathering of Waters” by Bernice McFadden

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Feb 252012
 

March’s Book Selection is “Gathering of Waters” by Bernice McFadden

Meeting Date:  Saturday, March 31st
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Home of Shelley Phillips

Gathering of Waters is a deeply engrossing tale narrated by the town of Money, Mississippi–a site both significant and infamous in our collective story as a nation. Money is personified in this haunting story, which chronicles its troubled history following the arrival of the Hilson and Bryant families.

Tass Hilson and Emmett Till were young and in love when Emmett was brutally murdered in 1955. Anxious to escape the town, Tass marries Maximillian May and relocates to Detroit

Forty years later, after the death of her husband, Tass returns to Money and fantasy takes flesh when Emmett Till’s spirit is finally released from the dank, dark waters of the Tallahatchie River. The two lovers are reunited, bringing the story to an enchanting and profound conclusion.

Gathering of Watersmines the truth about Money, Mississippi, as well as the town’s families, and threads their history over decades. The bare-bones realism–both disturbing and riveting–combined with a magical realm in which ghosts have the final say, is reminiscent of Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

February 2012 Selection – “11/22/63: A Novel” by Stephen King

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Feb 252012
 

Reading Selection  11/23/63 : A Novel

Meeting on February 11, 2012
10:30 AM
The Egg and I on Bay Area

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? Stephen King’s heart-stoppingly dramatic new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination—a thousand page tour de force.

Following his massively successful novel Under the Dome, King sweeps readers back in time to another moment—a real life moment—when everything went wrong: the JFK assassination. And he introduces readers to a character who has the power to change the course of history.

Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.

November 2011 Selection – “Perfect Peace” by Daniel Black

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Nov 012011
 

November Book Selection: Perfect Peace by Daniel Black

Date: Friday, November 18th
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: The Egg and I
557 W Bay Area Blvd
Webster, TX 77598

The heartbreaking portrait of a large, rural southern family’s attempt to grapple with their mother’s desperate decision to make her newborn son into the daughter she will never have When the seventh child of the Peace family, named Perfect, turns eight, her mother Emma Jean tells her bewildered daughter, “You was born a boy. I made you a girl. But that ain’t what you was supposed to be. So, from now on, you gon’ be a boy. It’ll be a little strange at first, but you’ll get used to it, and this’ll be over after while.” From this point forward, his life becomes a bizarre kaleidoscope of events. Meanwhile, the Peace family is forced to question everything they thought they knew about gender, sexuality, unconditional love, and fulfillment.

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October 2011 Reading Selections – “Wench: A Novel” and “Property” (2 Books)

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Oct 012011
 

Saturday, October 29, 2011
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Home of Pamela Walker-Williams

About “Wench”

Situated in Ohio, a free territory before the Civil War, Tawawa House is an idyllic retreat for Southern white men who vacation there every summer with their enslaved black mistresses. It’s their open secret. Lizzie, Reenie, and Sweet are regulars at the resort, building strong friendships over the years. But when Mawu, as fearless as she is assured, comes along and starts talking of running away, things change. To run is to leave everything behind, and for some it also means escaping from the emotional and psychological bonds that bind them to their masters. When a fire on the resort sets off a string of tragedies, the women of Tawawa House soon learn that triumph and dehumanization are inseparable and that love exists even in the most inhuman, brutal of circumstances— all while they bear witness to the end of an era.

An engaging, page-turning, and wholly original novel, Wench explores, with an unflinching eye, the moral complexities of slavery.

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About “Property

Valerie Martin’s Property delivers an eerily mesmerizing inquiry into slavery’s venomous effects on the owner and the owned. The year is 1828, the setting a Louisiana sugar plantation where Manon Gaudet, pretty, bitterly intelligent, and monstrously self-absorbed, seethes under the dominion of her boorish husband. In particular his relationship with her slave Sarah, who is both his victim and his mistress.

Exploring the permutations of Manon’s own obsession with Sarah against the backdrop of an impending slave rebellion, Property unfolds with the speed and menace of heat lightning, casting a startling light from the past upon the assumptions we still make about the powerful and powerful.

Welcome

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Mar 261998
 

Founded in 1998, The Good Book Club is a Reading Group located in the Clear Lake Area of Houston, TX.  We meet monthly to discuss a good book, eat some good food, and to have a good time.

We share a lively exchange of thoughts, opinions, and ideas.