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May 2019

Well-Read Black Girl Book Club: The Sun Is Also a Star

May 16, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
African American Museum of Iowa, 55 12th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids , IA 52401 United States
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Join us for a discussion of the best selling novel The Sun Is Also a Star ahead of the release of its movie adaptation on May 17! Register Here The AAMI/Next Page Books Well-Read Black Girl book club will kick off with a discussion of Nicola Yoon’s 2016 best seller, The Sun Is Also a Star. This novel explores the relationship between Natasha, a girl facing the looming prospect of her family’s deportation, "who believes in science and facts,” and…

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June 2019

Well-Read Black Girl Book Club: Freshwater

June 27, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
African American Museum of Iowa, 55 12th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids , IA 52401 United States
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Register Here The AAMI/Next Page Books Well-Read Black Girl book club will continue with a discussion of Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi. Read on for a description from the publisher: "One of the most highly praised novels of the year, the debut from an astonishing young writer, Freshwater tells the story of Ada, an unusual child who is a source of deep concern to her southern Nigerian family. Young Ada is troubled, prone to violent fits. Born “with one foot on the other side,”…

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July 2019

Well-Read Black Girl Book Club: That Kind of Mother

July 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
African American Museum of Iowa, 55 12th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids , IA 52401 United States
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Join us for a Well-Read Black Girl book club meet-up!

Register Here The AAMI/Next Page Books Well-Read Black Girl book club will continue with a discussion of That Kind of Mother by Akwaeke Emezi. Read on for a description from the publisher: Like many first-time mothers, Rebecca Stone finds herself both deeply in love with her newborn son and deeply overwhelmed. Struggling to juggle the demands of motherhood with her own aspirations and feeling utterly alone in the process, she reaches out to the only person at the hospital who offers her…

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August 2019

Well Read Black Girl Book Club: Hunger

August 29, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
African American Museum of Iowa, 55 12th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids , IA 52401 United States
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Our August book club selection will be Hunger by Roxane Gay. From the Publisher: In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as “wildly undisciplined,” Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she explores…

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September 2019

Book Club Meet Up – An American Marriage

September 26, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
African American Museum of Iowa, 55 12th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids , IA 52401 United States
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Newlyweds, Celestial and Roy, are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive and she is artist on the brink of an exciting career. They are settling into the routine of their life together, when they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort…

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October 2019

Book Club Meet Up – Beloved

October 29, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
African American Museum of Iowa, 55 12th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids , IA 52401 United States
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This is the story--set in post-Civil War Ohio--of Sethe, an escaped slave who has risked death in order to wrench herself from a living death; who has lost a husband and buried a child; who has borne the unthinkable and not gone mad: a woman of "iron eyes and backbone to match." Sethe lives in a small house on the edge of town with her daughter, Denver, her mother-in-law, Baby Suggs, and a disturbing, mesmerizing intruder who calls herself Beloved.…

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December 2019

Book Club Meet Up: With the Fire on High

December 10, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
African American Museum of Iowa, 55 12th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids , IA 52401 United States
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With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Still, she knows she doesn’t have enough time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for the…

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