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African American Literature Discussion Group

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Please join us for a monthly book discussion at the
Evanston Public Library
Small Meeting Room, Main Library
3rd Tuesday of Each Month,  7:00 p.m.

and read the AAL Blog or check in with us at Good Reads.

 Copies will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor; stop by or call 847-448-8620.


title Passing Love by Jacqueline Luckett. January 21, 2014
In this dreamy and lyrical paean to all things French, a restless African-American woman with a French name shucks routine and expectations to live out her dream of traveling to Paris. But her exotic getaway turns into a relentless search for a beautiful woman known to Nicole only from an old photo, whose race and connection to her father are both mysterious.




Mr. Potter, by Jamaica Kincaid March 18 2014

Jamaica Kincaid's Antigua comes vibrantly to life under the gaze of Mr. Potter, an illiterate taxi chauffeur who makes his living along the wide, open roads that pass the only towns he has ever seen and the graveyard where he will be buried. As Kincaid's narrative unfolds in linked vignettes, his story becomes the story of a vital, crippled community. In her most luminous, ambitious work to date, Kincaid breathes life into a figure unlike any in contemporary fiction, an individual consciousness emerging gloriously out of an unexamined life.




 The Pact , by Sampson Davis, Rameck Hunt and George Jenkins April 15, 2014

Jenkins, Davis and Hunt grew up in and around the projects titleof Newark, N.J., a place decimated by crack. "The sounds of gunshots and screeching cars late at night and before dawn were as familiar to us as the chirping of insects must be to people who live in the country." The three attended high school together in the mid-'80s and made a pact to attend medical school together.  Against incredible odds the almost complete absence of male role models, a history of substance abuse in two of the families, and even incarcerations the trio made good on their word and now practice medicine. Told in alternating first-person chapters, the story of these young men's struggle has remarkable clarity and insight.




titleCane RIver, by Lalita Tademy May 20 2014


Tademy was a successful corporate vice president at a Fortune 500 company when she decided to embark upon an odyssey to uncover her family's past. Through exhaustive research, she would find herself transported back to the early 1800s, to an isolated, close-knit rural community on Louisiana's Cane River. Here, Tademy takes historical fact and mingles it with fiction to weave a vivid and dramatic account of what life was like for the four remarkable women who came before her. Beginning with Tademys great-great-great-great grandmother Elisabeth, this is a family saga that sweeps from the early days of slavery through the Civil War into a pre-Civil Rights South a unique and moving slice of Americas past.




titleSundown Towns, by James Loewen  June 17 2014 

No blacks allowed, especially after dark. This was the unwritten rule in a "sundown" town: thousands of all-white towns established between 1890 and 1968, many of which still exist today. White residents of these towns used any means possible -- including the law, harassment, race riots, and even murder -- to keep African Americans and other minority groups out. Powerful and unprecedented, Sundown Towns tells the story of how these towns came into existence, what maintains them, and what to do about them.





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