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Main Library Book Group: The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead thumbnail Photo

Main Library Book Group: The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora, an outcast even among her fellow Africans. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape, but matters do not go as planned...

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for fiction in 2016.

Sci-Fi Book Discussion: The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula LeGuin thumbnail Photo

Sci-Fi Book Discussion: The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula LeGuin

Genly Ai, an ethnologist from the Ekumen, a federation of planets, has embarked on a mission to persuade the leaders on the frigid planet he calls Winter to join the Ekumen. Ai must tread carefully through the shifting political climate and alliances between neighboring states, but finds himself most bewildered by Winter’s inhabitants, who have no gender, except for a brief period each month called kemmer, when a person becomes male or female. What are the implications for society when a person may father a child one month and bear a child another?

McAuliffe Book Discussion: Belgravia, by Julian Fellowes thumbnail Photo

McAuliffe Book Discussion: Belgravia, by Julian Fellowes

Julian Fellowes created Downton Abbey and now his novel Belgravia is in the process of being filmed for a mini-series set to come out some time next year. The story begins in 1815 Belgravia, London. On the eve of the Battle of Waterloo, events occur at the famous ball given by the Duchess of Richmond that will follow the characters with their secrets to unfold twenty-five years later.