March 1: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
In March, we'll read about a young white servant girl being raised on a plantation by black slaves. Orphaned while on board a ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin.
Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction. Lavinia finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds. When she is forced to make a choice, loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare, and lives are put at risk.
Books read thus far are:
- June 2017: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
- July 2017: The Rosie Project: A Novel by Graeme Simsion.
- August 2017: 3mph: The Adventures of One Woman’s Walk Around the World by Polly Letofsky
- September 2017: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
- October 2017: These is My Words by Nancy Turner
- Nov. 2, Still Alice by Lisa Genova
- Dec. 7, A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
- Jan. 4: Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
- Feb. 1: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Upcoming books are:
- April 5, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
- May 3, Hands of My Father: A Hearing Boy, His Deaf Parents, and the Language of Love by Myron Uhlberg
- June 7, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
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