Adult Book Discussion Group
Parkland Library Book Club
Read the book first and then come discuss it as a group!
Book discussion groups are held on Saturdays once
a month at 10:30 a.m. To reserve your copy of the book or for more information
call (954) 757-4214 or email Rhonda Weiss.
Southern Discomfort: A Memoir by Tena Clark
Saturday, February 8th, 10:30 a.m.
Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer Tena Clark recounts her chaotic childhood in a time fraught with racial and social tension. Tena was born in 1953 in a tiny Mississippi town close to the Alabama border, where the legacy of slavery and racial injustice still permeated every aspect of life. On the outside, Tena’s childhood looked like a fairytale. Her father was one of the richest men in the state; her mother was a regal beauty. But behind closed doors, Tena’s family life was deeply lonely and dysfunctional. On Tena’s tenth birthday, her mother, emboldened by alcoholism and enraged by her husband’s incessant cheating, walked out for good, instantly becoming an outcast in their society. Tena was left in the care of her nanny, Virgie, even though she was raising nine of her own children and was not allowed to eat from the family’s plates or use their bathroom. It was Virgie’s acceptance and unconditional love that gave Tena the courage to stand up to her domineering father, the faith to believe in her mother’s love, and the strength to be her true self.
Haben: The Deaf Blind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law by Haben Girma
Saturday, March 7th, 10:30 a.m.
Haben grew up spending summers with her family in the enchanting Eritrean city of Asmara. There, she discovered courage as she faced off against a bull she couldn't see, and found in herself an abiding strength as she absorbed her parents' harrowing experiences during Eritrea's thirty-year war with Ethiopia. Their refugee story inspired her to embark on a quest for knowledge, traveling the world in search of the secret to belonging. She explored numerous fascinating places, including Mali, where she helped build a school under the scorching Saharan sun. Her many adventures over the years range from the hair-raising to the hilarious. Haben defines disability as an opportunity for innovation. Haben pioneered her way through obstacles, graduated from Harvard Law, and now uses her talents to advocate for people with disabilities.
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Saturday, April 4th, 10:30 a.m.
This richly moving story explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go. At the end of World War II, Cyril Conroy combines luck and investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves. Set over the course of five decades, this dark fairy tale centers on two smart people who cannot overcome their past until at last they’re forced to confront the people who left them behind.
Online Book Discussion Groups
- Book Talk - A book discussion group that is useful for writers and includes links to major publishers and book distributors
- Dear Reader - A book club subscriber list service
- Overbooked - A comprehensive directory of websites which review books for just about every genre imaginable
- Simon Says - A useful website for people who lead book discussions that includes recommendations, author interviews, reading group guides, and a calendar for planning your discussion