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Are you looking for a new book to read, or a group to read with?  Then try out the Falmouth Public Library’s Narrative Nonfiction Reading Group, lead by library staff members, Ryan Carey and me, Faith Lee.  In our next meeting on Friday, May 4, 2012, Ryan will be leading a discussion of Black Boy:  a record of childhood and youth by Richard Wright (1908 – 1960). 

Black Boy is a critically acclaimed novel hailed as a historical text about what is like to grow up as a black man in the American south.  Published in 1945, [it] is considered one of the greatest works in African American literature.” In 1999 it was selected as one of the Best 100 Nonfiction Books of the 20th Century as well as one of the Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners by Random House.  “In a review in the Nation, noted literary scholar Lionel Trilling described Black Boy as a ‘remarkable book’ of great ‘distinction’ and ‘purpose.’ Social scientists and historians continue to study the book’s impact on black and white society long after its publication” (American Decades, 2003).

Come discuss this important book with other interested readers and you will gain more from the experience.  Pick up a copy at the reference desk and come prepared to discuss your thoughts and reactions on Friday, May 4th at 10am in the Hermann Room.  No registration is necessary.  We meet the first Friday of every month to discuss a variety of interesting works of nonfiction that read like fiction.  New members are always welcome.  Ryan and I hope to see you there!

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