The book club discussion of "Redefining Realness" and the film screening of "Terra Ferma" has been rescheduled for the 2nd week of July: Sunday, July 10. The book discussion will be at 1pm; the film screening at 3pm.
The following books will be discussed at our upcoming meetings of the Revolution Books Club. These discussions are always lively and we dig in deeply. The only requirement is that you've read at least a substantial portion of the book we're discussing and that you have respect for differing opinions.
Sunday, July 10, 1pm
"Redefining Realness - My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More"
by Janet Mock
Janet Mock is a voice for the transgender community. In this autobiography she talks about her experiences in growing up in Hawai`i, being multiracial (Hawaiian and African American), poor, and trans. Her story is raw, honest, sad and funny, and should be read and discussed broadly. If you haven't yet read "Redefining Realness,", it's a fast read. The book is available at Revolution Books, as well as the library. Janet has written for many magazines and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR.. Her advocacy has earned her honors from the Feminist Press, GLSEN, and Planned Parenthood. This Farrington grad has a whole lot to say! For example, Check out this review of the film "Aloha" by Cameron Crowe.
Sunday, July 24, 1pm
Homegoing, by Ya Gyasi
This soon-to-be-released novel is going to take longer to read, but there's some lead time. It's an epic family saga spanning 300 years in Ghana. Quoting Ta Nehisi's Coates' review of the book, "I think I needed to read a book like this to remember what is possible. I think I needed to remember what happens when you pair a gifted literary mind to an epic task. Homegoing is an inspiration."
"Gyasi echoes [James]Baldwin's undertanding of a common culture marked by both yearning nd pain, in which black people can confront each other across differences and reach a political understanding about what unites them. What distinguishes Gyasi's presentation of this idea is its scope: She does not present us with a single moment, but rather delivers a multigenerational saga in which two branches of a family, separated by slavery and time, emerge from the murk of history in a romantic embrace...." Amitava Kumar, Bookforum Me
The novel is scheduled for release on June 7 and we'll have it in the store by the end of this week.