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Friday, October 17, 2014

Book Club in a Box presents The Good Lord Bird

We've added so many new titles to our Book Club in a Box program this year! I'm going to try and feature most of them here on the blog at some point so all of you can see them and learn more.

We recently added The Good Lord Bird by James McBride to our collection. Published in 2013, The Good Lord Bird is a National Book Award for Fiction winner. Below is a summary of the book from The National Book Foundation's website.

"Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry’s master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town—with Brown, who believes he’s a girl.

Over the ensuing months, Henry—whom Brown nicknames Little Onion—conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually Little Onion finds himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859—one of the great catalysts for the Civil War.

An absorbing mixture of history and imagination, and told with McBride’s meticulous eye for detail and character, The Good Lord Bird is both a rousing adventure and a moving exploration of identity and survival."

Get more information about the book and see James McBride's acceptance speech for the National Book Award here.

Feel free to contact me for more information about this book and any others we have available through our program! You can reach me by phone at 601-432-4117 or email at .

Our Book Club in a Box kits contain 10 copies of the title as well as discussion materials.

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