Literary Circle

Interested in Joining?

Mary Louise Selzer
904- 363-1618, MLSelzer@comcast.net

We meet every Third Monday of every month at a members home. After our discussion we enjoy lunch that is prepared by our hostess.

 We welcome new members! Please contact Mary Louise Selzer if you are interested in joining!

 

 

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    May 2018: The Woman Next Door

    On May 21st at 10:00 the Deercreek Book Club will meet at the house of Connie Davis to discuss The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso. Our hostess will serve light snacks.

    Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction • A Finalist for the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize • A Finalist for the Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize • Longlisted for the International DUBLIN Literary Award • One of the Best Black Heritage Reads (Essence Magazine) • One of NPR's Best Books of the Year • One of The Millions' and Refinery 29's Best Books of the Year (So Far), from One of Publishers Weekly's Writers to Watch

    Loving thy neighbor is easier said than done.

    Hortensia James and Marion Agostino are neighbors. One is black, the other white. Both are successful women with impressive careers. Both have recently been widowed, and are living with questions, disappointments, and secrets that have brought them shame. And each has something that the woman next door deeply desires.

    Sworn enemies, the two share a hedge and a deliberate hostility, which they maintain with a zeal that belies their age. But, one day, an unexpected event forces Hortensia and Marion together. As the physical barriers between them collapse, their bickering gradually softens into conversation and, gradually, the two discover common ground. But are these sparks of connection enough to ignite a friendship, or is it too late to expect these women to change?

    We are always open to new members joining our group.

    If you are interested in the Book Club please contact Mary Louise Selzer, mlselzer@comcast.net, or 904-613-6147

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    small great things

    The book club will meet at 10:00 on April 18th at the home of Pam Overby (in DeerWood) to discuss Jodi Picoult’s book, “small great things.”

    With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, justice, and compassion and doesn’t offer easy answers.
    This is the story about Ruth Jefferson, a labor and delivery nurse with more than twenty years experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine check up on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parent’s are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African-American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?
    Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice:
    he insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy’s counsel and as the trial becomes a media sensation, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family-especially her teenage son. Ruth and Kennedy must gain
    each other’s trust, and come to see what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others and about themselves, might be wrong.

    The book club gathers each month on the third Monday. If you are interested in more information please contact Mary Louise Selzer,  MLSelzer@comcast.net or 904-613-6147.

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