Fall Book Selections

The Center Philadelphia City Book Club has announced its book selections for this fall (SCCoP has two operating book clubs: click for details). The first meeting will be on September 21, so get reading! Here’s this fall’s roster:

September 21: Daughters of the Revolution, by Carolyn Cooke.

Description from Amazon.com:It’s 1968. The prestigious but cash-strapped Goode School in the town of Cape Wilde is run by its aging, philandering headmaster, Goddard Byrd, known to both his friends and his enemies as God. With Cape Wilde engulfed by the social and political storms of integration, coeducation and the sexual revolution, God has confidently promised coeducation “over my dead body.” And then, through a clerical error, the Goode School admits its first female student: Carole Faust, a brilliant, intractable fifteen-year-old black girl.

What does it mean to be the First Girl?

October 25: Random Family: Love, Drugs, Family, and Coming of Age in the Bronx, by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc ’86.

Description from Amazon.com: Adrian Nicole LeBlanc immerses readers in the intricacies of the ghetto, revealing the true sagas lurking behind the headlines of gangsta glamour, gold-drenched drug dealers, and street-corner society. Focusing on two romances — Jessica’s dizzying infatuation with a hugely successful young heroin dealer, Boy George, and Coco’s first love with Jessica’s little brother, Cesar — Random Family is the story of young people trying to outrun their destinies.

November 30: Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, by Alexandra Fuller.

Description from Amazon.com: Alexandra Fuller braids a multilayered narrative around the perfectly lit, Happy Valley-era Africa of her mother’s childhood; the boiled cabbage grimness of her father’s English childhood; and the darker, civil war- torn Africa of her own childhood. At its heart, this is the story of Fuller’s mother, Nicola. Born on the Scottish Isle of Skye and raised in Kenya, Nicola holds dear the kinds of values most likely to get you hurt or killed in Africa: loyalty to blood, passion for land, and a holy belief in the restorative power of all animals.

And if you’re feeling adventurous in November, also read Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight , also by Alexandra Fuller.

We hope you’ll join! E-mail Lisa Platt Carmalt at Lcarmalt@comcast.net for information about meeting locations. Happy reading!

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