General Info, News and Updates
New members are always welcome to join in our monthly discussions. We regularly meet once a month, usually on the last Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at the North Plains Public Library.
Books are chosen every year by a consensus of all members. The following are our upcoming book choices and discussion dates, plus a list of some of our past book choices.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 – Cry the Beloved Country – Alan Patton
Cry, the Beloved Country, the most famous and important novel in South Africa’s history, was an immediate worldwide bestseller in 1948. Alan Paton’s impassioned novel about a black man’s country under white man’s law is a work of searing beauty.
Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear. Let him not love the earth too deeply. Let him not laugh too gladly when the water runs through his fingers, nor stand too silent when the setting sun makes red the veld with fire. Let him not be too moved when the birds of his land are singing, nor give too much of his heart to a mountain or valley. For fear will rob him of all if he gives too much.
The eminent literary critic Lewis Gannett wrote, “We have had many novels from statesmen and reformers, almost all bad; many novels from poets, almost all thin. In Alan Paton’s Cry, the Beloved Country the statesman, the poet and the novelist meet in a unique harmony.”
Cry, the Beloved Country is the deeply moving story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son, Absalom, set against the background of a land and a people riven by racial injustice. Remarkable for its lyricism, unforgettable for character and incident, Cry, the Beloved Country is a classic work of love and hope, courage and endurance, born of the dignity of man.
New patrons are always welcome to join our book discussions.
May 31, 2017 – A Constellation of Vital Phenomena – Anthony Marra
June 28, 2017 – Last Bus to Wisdom – Ivan Doig
July 26, 2017 – Dead Wake, The Last Crossing of the Lusitania – Eric Larson
August 30, 2017 – Our Souls at Night – Kent Haruf
September 27, 2017 – The Glass Universe – Dava Sobel
October 25, 2017- When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi
November 29, 2017 – The Underground Railroad: a novel – Colson Whitehead
December 27, 2017 – The Perfect Horse – Elizabeth Letts