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West Branch Book Discussion via Zoom

The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew

2021-04-29 18:30:00 2021-04-29 19:30:00 America/Chicago West Branch Book Discussion via Zoom West Branch's monthly book discussion. April 2021: The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew. Register on Zoom to receive the meeting ID and passcode! West Branch

Thursday, April 29
6:30pm - 7:30pm

Add to Calendar 2021-04-29 18:30:00 2021-04-29 19:30:00 America/Chicago West Branch Book Discussion via Zoom West Branch's monthly book discussion. April 2021: The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew. Register on Zoom to receive the meeting ID and passcode! West Branch

West Branch

APLD Adult/Teen Zoom Room

West Branch's monthly book discussion. April 2021: The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew. Register on Zoom to receive the meeting ID and passcode!

Join us for West Branch's monthly virtual book discussion group. We read a variety of contemporary fiction and non-fiction and meet once a month on Zoom for a thoughtful discussion. Register to receive the Zoom meeting information. Limited print copies of the selected title will be available at the West Branch for Browse & Go pickup.  Contact discussion facilitator Scott Grotto at sgrotto@aurorapubliclibrary.org or Dani Linn at dtlinn@aurorapubliclibrary.org for more information.

Book description:

In this beautifully written debut, Anna Jean Mayhew offers a riveting depiction of Southern life in the throes of segregation and what it will mean for a young girl on her way to adulthood-and for the woman who means the world to her. On a scorching day in August 1954, thirteen-year-old Jubie Watts leaves Charlotte, North Carolina, with her family for a Florida vacation.

Crammed into the Packard along with Jubie are her three siblings, her mother, and the family's black maid, Mary Luther. For as long as Jubie can remember, Mary has been there-cooking, cleaning, compensating for her father's rages and her mother's benign neglect, and loving Jubie unconditionally. Bright and curious, Jubie takes note of the anti-integration signs they pass and of the racial tension that builds as they journey further south. But she could never have predicted the shocking turn their trip will take.

Now, in the wake of tragedy, Jubie must confront her parents' failings and limitations, decide where her own convictions lie, and make the tumultuous leap to independence. Infused with the intensity of a changing time, here is a story of hope, heartbreak, and the love and courage that can transform us from child to adult, wounded to indomitable.

AGE GROUP: | Adults |

EVENT TYPE: | Reading and Literacy | General Interest |

TAGS: | Book Club |

West Branch

Phone: 630-264-3600
Fax: 630-844-8695
Branch manager
Scott Grotto

Hours
Mon, May 10 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Tue, May 11 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Wed, May 12 12:00PM to 8:00PM
Thu, May 13 12:00PM to 8:00PM
Fri, May 14 10:00AM to 4:00PM
Sat, May 15 10:00AM to 4:00PM
Sun, May 16 1:00PM to 5:00PM

About the branch

This branch is connected to Washington Middle School and known for its creattive displays and programs for adults. Complete with three study rooms and two conference rooms.

Contact Scott

Upcoming events

Tue, May 11, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual - Discord

Thu, May 13, 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Virtual - Recorded Video

Thu, May 13, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Virtual

Thu, May 13, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
virtual via Zoom

Thu, May 13, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Virtual Event on Zoom - Evento Virtual por Zoom

Fri, May 14, 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Virtual

Mon, May 17, 3:00pm - 3:05pm
Virtual

Mon, May 17, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Eola Road Branch - APLD Adult/Teen Zoom Room

Tue, May 18, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Eola Road Branch - APLD Children's Zoom Room

Tue, May 18, 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Virtual--Facebook Live

Wed, May 19, 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Santori Library - APLD Adult/Teen Zoom Room

Wed, May 19, 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Virtual

Thu, May 20, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Virtual

Thu, May 20, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual - Discord

Thu, May 20, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - APLD Adult/Teen Zoom Room

Thu, May 20, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Santori Library - APLD Adult/Teen Zoom Room

Fri, May 21, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Por Facebook Live

Sun, May 23, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Virtual

Tue, May 25, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Tue, May 25, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Virtual - Discord