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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.



Anna-in-Between by Elizabeth Nunez

titleTuesday, July 15

Anna Sinclair is a senior editor at a prominent New York publishing company and a Caribbean immigrant.During a lengthy visit home, she grapples with her mother Beatrice's cancer, and the older woman's refusal to go to the U.S. for surgery.  Anna finds herself increasingly conflicted by both her parents' culture and her adopted one. She does not identify with her parents' upper-class status on the island, but she does not feel American either. Nunez, an award-winning author of seven novels and co-founder of the National Black Writers Conference, has created a moving and insightful character study while delving into the complexities of identity.



  Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

titleTuesday, September 16

 It is 1946, and city-bred Laura McAllan is trying to raise her children on her husband's Mississippi Delta farm, a place she finds foreign and frightening. In the midst of the family's struggles, two young men return from the war to work the land. Jamie McAllan, Laura's brother-in-law, is everything her husband is not-charming, handsome, and haunted by his memories of combat. Ronsel Jackson, eldest son of the black sharecroppers who live on the McAllan farm, has come home with the shine of a war hero. But no matter his bravery in defense of his country, he is still considered less than a man in the Jim Crow South. It is the unlikely friendship of these brothers-in-arms that drives this powerful novel to its inexorable conclusion.




The Invisible Line, 3 American Families and the Secret Journey from Black to White by Daniel Sharfstein


Tuesday, October 21

Many light skinned African Americans crossed the color line to avoid the very real and harsh implications of racial classification. Legal scholar Daniel Sharfstein chronicles the lives of three such families who made the transition from black to white during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Drawing on archival material, Sharfstein constructs an absorbing history, demonstrating the fluidity and arbitrariness of racial classification.






 Fatal Invention, by Dorothy Roberts


Tuesday, November 18, 7 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library

 This groundbreaking book examines how the myth of biological concept of race--revived by purportedly cutting-edge science, race-specific drugs, genetic testing, and DNA databases--continues to undermine a just society and promote inequality in a supposedly "post-racial" era. Fatal Invention is a  timely and provocative analysis of race, science, and politics by one of the nation's leading legal scholars and social critics. series.





A Dreadful Deceit, by Jacqueline Jones

titleTuesday, December 16, 7 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library 

Professor Jacqueline Jones profiles six African-Americans from the 1650s  to late 20th-century to demonstrate that race, which has no "basis in biology," didn't become a social construct until around the time of the American Revolution.Jones argues that throughout our history, race has been used as a malleable tool that has been forged over and over to fit the political and economic whims of America's elite.



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