ABOUT THE BOOK CLUB
If you like everything bagels, you'll probably like The Everything Book Club. We read the best of fiction and non-fiction, literary novels, mysteries, historical fiction, memoirs and more.
We generally meet on the third week of the month at two convenient times and venues: Evening Zoom on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Daytime in Person at 1 p.m. (outside in the Avis Campbell Gardens behind the Library, weather permitting, or the Tower Room on the 2nd floor). Registration is required.
ABOUT THE BOOK
An American classic. A Black woman in 1976 California is repeatedly jerked back in time to a 19th-century Maryland plantation to save a reckless red-headed boy.
Click on the links to order the book in print, eBook or eAudiobook (Libby/OverDrive), or ask for a copy at the circulation desk in the Main Branch.
The first science fiction written by a Back woman and a cornerstone of Black American literature, "Kindred" might just also be the Great American Novel. This combination of slave memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction is a work of rich literary complexity. Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes the challenge she’s been given.
An adaptation is soon to be released as an FX cable television series.
“Like emotion that uplifts and enriches, like exquisite music or the taste of some special candy remembered from childhood, I never wanted 'Kindred' to end....It is an important novel, filled with powerful human insight and the shocking impact of the most commonplace experiences viewed in a new way, and it demands that once begun, the reader continue till it has done its work on the heart and mind and soul . . . Do not, I beg you, deny yourself this singular experience.”—Harlan Ellison
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The late Octavia Butler (1947-2006) was the author of many novels, including the eerily prophetic "Parable of the Sower" and "The Parable of the Talents." She was the recipient of a MacArthur Award and a Nebula Award, and two-time winner of the Hugo Award.