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The Read On Book Club offers book lovers the very best of African-American fiction, from novels right off the press to dazzling and nostalgic sagas. The books selected become the voices and clear visions of Black Americans that are shared and celebrated through the stories that we read.
The Read On Book Club meets every 4th Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at Lincoln Branch Branch Library 1312 W Lincoln Avenue, 309-497-2600.
January 22, 2019
Remembrance by Mary Monroe
The New York Times Best Selling Author Mary Monroe, has delivered a moving, unforgettable novel about a successful, happily married mother who suddenly finds herself feeling far from joyful. But Christmas brings an unexpected chance to rediscover herself, and what happiness really means. For Beatrice Powell, the holidays are usually an extra special time to celebrate. Between her twenty-year-plus marriage, gorgeous Berkeley, California home and three wonderful adult children, she has everything she could desire. But change-of-life doubts are making Beatrice a stranger to herself and her bewildered family. She only finds peace volunteering at the local soup kitchen, especially helping out homeless Charles Davenport. His sensitivity and honesty soon comfort her in ways she never imagined.
February 26, 2019
Becoming by Michelle Obama
In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling. Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With her honesty and lively wit, Michelle describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private.As First Lady of the United States of America, the First African-American to serve in that role, she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of the most harrowing moments.Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations and whose story inspires us to do the same.
March 26, 2019
Influence - by Carl Weber
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Family Business crime series comes a deliciously provocative legal page turner about the Hudson family. When fames attorney Bradley Hudson learns of his youngest son Langston’s arrest for drug trafficking, he immediately assembles a team of lawyers andinvestigators, including members of his own family, to build a defense. With his reputation for being a shark in the courtroom, Bradley is confident he will get justice for his son. That is until he realizes he will be going up against an old foe, Assistant District Attorney James Brown. As if fighting for one son’sfreedom and fending off the other’s betrayal isn’t enough pressure, Bradley is also in the middle of his own love triangle between his ex-wife, federal judge Jacqueline Hudson, and his current wife and jury consultant, Carla. He knows how much is at stake if his family’s drama spirals out of control, so he’ll do everything in his power to keep it all together and prevent his son from landing behind bars. Only time will tell if they can stand as a family united, or if the legal dynasty of Bradley Hudson is about to come crashing down.
April 23, 2019
The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row - Anthony Ray HintonIf you think there is no reason for another book about a grave miscarriage of American justice, think again. Anthony Ray Hinton’s memoir of his wrongful imprisonment for 30 years for three murders he did not commit is a riveting account of the multiple outrages of the criminal justice system of Alabama. It only takes the first two pages of the introduction by the author’s equally remarkable lawyer, Bryan Stevenson, to make readers appalled. There was no evidence at all to tie Hinton to two of the three murders he was accused of, and he was “locked in a supermarket warehouse cleaning floors, when a restaurant manager 15 miles away was abducted, robbed and shot”. Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison for opposing a racist in South Africa. Anthony Ray Hinton spent 30 years on death row because a racist system still exists in America. The Sun Does Shine is both a cautionary tale for all who think that a great nation can easily forget its past and inspiring proof of the inability to condemn a man’s capacity for hope, love, and joy.
May 28, 2019
Second Time Sweeter - Beverly Jenkins
With a reputation as a player, Malachi “Mal” July is now a recovering alcoholic who has made progress in redeeming himself in the eyes of his family and the citizens of Henry Adams, Kansas. He’s not only turned his diner into a profitable business; he also mentors the town’s foster kids. And he’s even staying true to one woman, Bernadine Brown. But a moment of pride makes Mal betray his friends and family, and lose Bernadine’s trust and love. Can he win back her forgiveness? A little help from the good people of Henry Adams may give both Mal and Gary their best second chance at happiness they missed the first time around.
June 25, 2019
Shattered - Kia DuPree
KiKi’s world is turned upside down when her partially deaf mother loses custody of her children, sending KiKi and her siblings into foster care. After running away with a friend, the two girls run straight into the arms of a pedophile in disguise, who lures the girls into a life far too mature for their twelve-year-old minds. Held in captivity for months,the girls are finally set free when a neighbor exposes them. But what should have been a happy moment for KiKi actually sends her on a life path that quickly spirals out of control.
July 23, 2019
No One Is Coming to Save Us - Stephanie Powell Watts
No One Is Coming to Save Us is an arresting and powerful novel about an extended African American family and their colliding visions of the American Dream.
This story has crafted a full and stunning portrait that combines a universally resonant story with an intimate glimpse into the hearts of one family. JJ Ferguson has returned home to Pinewood, North Caroline, to build his dream house and to pursue his high school sweetheart, Ava. But as he reenters his former world,where factories are in decline and the legacy of Jim Crow is still felt, he’s startled to find that the people he once knew and loved have changed just as he has. JJ’s plans not only unsettles their family, but stirs up the entire town. The ostentatious wealth that JJ has attained forces everyone to consider the cards they’ve been dealt, what more they want and deserve, and how they might go about getting it.
August 27, 2018
The Safe House - Kiki Swinson
It was supposed to be easy money. A few exchanges for cash, one big payoff, and then life would be better than ever with bills paid and money in her pocket. But the plan fell apart and now she’s made an enemy. He’s a drug cartel leader out to destroy any competition and get payback by any means necessary. Packed with “high suspense” and memorable choices and consequences” (Booklist) Kiki Swinson’s novel sizzle with brutally unpredictable characters, breakneck plotting and a uniquely gritty portrait of Southern life. Now she breaks all the rules as a young woman with two targets on her back tries to keep those she loves and herself alive.
September 24, 2019
The Family Business 5: A Family Business Novel - Carl Weber & La Jill Hunt
New York Times bestselling author Carl Weber and La Jill hunt return with a story of love, betrayal and redemption in the next addition in the wildly popular Family Business series. LC Duncan, patriarch and leader of the Duncan clan, has just been arrested on federal RICO charges stemming from a child pornography and human Trafficking ring he’s been accused of secretly running. LC has done his share of dirt over the years, but kiddie porn and child prostitution are not his style or so he says. The evidence is overwhelming, and even his beloved wife Chippy is starting to have her doubts. Determined to clear their father’s name Vegas, Junior, and Rio set out to find out the truth. They will soon find out that sometimes, the truth can be worse than the lie you’ve been told. Get ready for another roller coaster ride with the Duncan family.
October 22, 2019
Children of the Waters: A Novel - Carleen Brice
This novel follows two lonely women as they have a lot in common. Having survived a messy divorce and a move back to her hometown of Denver, Trish Taylor already has her hands full raising her teenage son when she reads a letter left by her deceased grandmother. In it, her grandmother reveals secrets, that Trish’s mother died from a heroin overdose and Trish’s baby sister, Billie was given up for adoption because the father was black. After years of drawing on the strength of her ancestors, Billie Cousins is shocked to discover that she was adopted. Just as surprising, after finally overcoming a series of health struggles, she is pregnant which is a dream come true for Billie but a nightmare for her sweetie, Nick, and for her mother. Both are determined to protect Billie from anything that may disrupt her well-being.
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