A Novel Bunch Holiday Greeting!

A Novel Bunch, the library’s book club that meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month, is talking about a favorite book in December. Each member will give a 5-6 minute summary of a favorite book that they’ve read.  It can be from their childhood, such as A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, or a series such as The Lord of the Rings by J. R.R. Tolkien or a recent bestseller like Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn!  

I’ll be talking about a book that was published in 2010 and recommended for book clubs!   The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom  takes place on a southern plantation in Virginia, in the late 1700’s- early 1800’s.  A young Irish girl, Lavinia looses her parents on a ship and she and her brother are bought by the ship’s captain and she comes to live at Tall Oaks plantation as an indentured servant.  Her close relationship  with Belle, the Captain’s illegitimate daughter and the other slaves on the estate as a young girl, is contrasted with her acceptance by the Captain’s wife and son as she matures.  Straddling the worlds of the Big House and the Kitchen House and seen through the eyes of Lavinia and Belle, this story  is about race, social status, familial bonds and dark secrets!

A Novel Bunch News!

A Novel Bunch book club is reading Jim Fergus’ One Thousand White Women on March 20th, 2:00-3:30.  An historical novel transporting readers to another time and place, namely the western prairies, in 1875.  In the 1850’s, a peace conference was held in Fort Laramie and a prominent North Cheyenne chief requested of the U.S. Army, a gift of one thousand white women as brides for his warriors.  The chief thought by assimilating into the white man’s culture, he would be ensuring peace between the two cultures.  Jim Fergus asks What If?  and creates a journal of May Dodd, a courageous, inspiring main character.  We feel her excitement, fear, sorrow and exultation as she and other women friends embark upon the adventure of their lifetime !   Jim Fergus has so vividly depicted the American West that it is as if these diaries are a capsule in time.

 

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