If you like to read, and like to discuss books in a relaxing and informal setting with others who like to read, then join us for coffee at our morning Book Break Club. This group meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 10:30 am in the library by the fireplace. Copies of books for discussion are available for check out at the library throughout the month.
The next group meets on: Wednesday, May 26 at 10:30 am
Book for discussion: Mama’s Child by Joan Steinau Lester
A stunning tale about the deeply entrenched conflicts between a white mother and her biracial daughter. Mama’s Child is story of an idealistic young white woman who travelled to the American South as a civil rights worker, fell in love with an African American man, and started a family in San Francisco, where the more liberal city embraced them—except when it didn’t. They raise a son and daughter, but the tensions surrounding them have a negative impact on their marriage, and they divorce when their children are still young. For their biracial daughter, this split further destabilizes her already challenged sense of self—“Am I black or white?” she must ask herself, “Where do I belong?” Is she her father’s daughter alone?
As the years pass, the chasm between them widens, even as the mother attempts to hold on to the emotional chord that binds them. It isn’t until the daughter, Ruby, herself becomes a wife and mother that she begins to develop compassion and understanding for the many ways that her own mother’s love transcended race and questions of identity.
Read reviews and more information about this book at Goodreads.com