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October 26, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Time Details:
This book group meets monthly and is for novel-readers who are 18 years and older. Branch librarian Sue chooses titles that are relatively new award-winners and available in paperback. Five copies are provided by FOAL for loan, in addition to those in the library collection, so check with the library if you need a copy. Participants are expected to read the featured title. Drop-ins are welcome, but comments from those who have read the book hold special merit. No topic is off limits, there is no censorship, but the interests of the group matter.
Arcata Branch Library
500 7th Street
(behind and below City Hall)

Arcata, CA 95521
Free. Sponsored by Friends of the Arcata Library
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6:00 p.m. Arcata Library, A Novel Idea Book Group, Homegoing

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Homegoing, by Gyaa Yasi, is October's featured book. This novel begins with two sisters, one living in Ghana, one sold as a slave and transported to America, and brings to life 300 years of Ghanaian history and 200 years of America's saga. It's praised for the way in which 'the villages of West Africa come alive' (Isabel Wilkerson in the NY Times) lovingly detailing the cultural treasure, history and language lost when slavers came; for 'unforgettable characters' and its 'exquisite language, its implacable sorrow, its soaring beauty... monumental portrait of the forces that shape families and nations' (Goodreads)

Two African sisters face different directions on the cover of Homegoing.

This Meeting Focuses on
Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi

November's title
Exit West, by Mohsin Hamed.