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  This month we’re reading Caste &  The House of Deep Water, we’d love for you to read along with us! #nationalreadabookday #booklover #candlesandstories   Caste by Isabel Wilkerson:   In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.   The House of Deep Water by Jeni McFarland:   River Bend, Michigan, is the kind of small town most can't imagine leaving, but three women couldn't wait to escape. When each must return—Linda Williams, never sure what...

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August Booklist

What we’re reading... This month we’re reading, Sugar by Bernice McFadden, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones and These Ghosts are Family by Maisy Card. Sugar synopsis: A young prostitute comes to Bigelow, Arkansas, to start over, far from her haunting past. Sugar moves next door to Pearl, who is still grieving for the daughter who was murdered fifteen years before. Over sweet-potato pie, an unlikely friendship begins, transforming both women's lives—and the life of an entire town. Sugar brings a Southern African-American town vividly to life, with its flowering magnolia trees, lingering scents of jasmine and honeysuckle, and white picket fences that keep strangers out—but ignorance and superstition in. To read this novel is to take a journey through loss...

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July Booklist

Books we’re reading in July Sula   Two girls who grow up to become women. Two friends who become something worse than enemies. In this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison tells the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio. Their devotion is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the burden of a dreadful secret. It endures even after Nel has grown up to be a pillar of the black community and Sula has become a pariah. But their friendship ends in an unforgivable betrayal—or does it end? Terrifying, comic, ribald and tragic, Sula is a work that overflows with life.   The Vanishing Half   The Vignes twin sisters...

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April’s Book List Favorites

April’s Book List Favorites. This month I read/reread 2 books from my favorite author, J. California Cooper. The first one was The Wake of the Wind, a triumphant love story between Mor & Lifee who unbeknownst to them were already connected generations before. The 2nd is a series of short stories, Some Soul to Keep. Stories of families, friends and fate. Some stories are a series of unfortunate events, some humbling and some triumphant. Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston is the story of a “ poetical old gentleman” named Kossola who suffered from a “sequence of separations.” An amazing storyteller, this book is treasure. May starts with Everything I Never Told You by  Celeste Ng!     

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