Adult Book Discussion Group

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Book Discussion Group

Read the book first and 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
call (954) 757-4207 or for more information, email Rhonda Weiss.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Saturday, October 6th, 10:30 a.m.

Ghana, 18th century: two half-sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery. Homegoing follows the parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. Yaa Gyasi’s extraordinary novel illuminates slavery’s troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed – and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation.

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Saturday, November 3rd, 10:30 a.m.

Based on a real-life scandal – in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country – Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale starts in Memphis 1939, when 12-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings are taken and thrown into an orphanage. The Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents, but they quickly realize the dark truth. Then, jumping to Aiken, South Carolina, present day, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. Then Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis and an encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history.

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

Saturday, December 8th, 10:30 a.m.

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father’s junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. The family was so isolated that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when Tara’s older brother became violent. Then, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough math and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. She studied history, learning for the first time about world events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

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