This month the Online Reading Challenge travels to Africa. Our Main title for November is Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Here’s a quick summary from the publisher.
Ghana, eighteenth century: two half sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery.
One of Oprah’s Best Books of the Year, Homegoing follows the parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. Yaa Gyasi’s extraordinary novel illuminates slavery’s troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed—and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation.
This title is also available in large print, CD audiobook, and as a Libby eBook.
Looking for some other materials set in Africa? Try any of the following. As always, check each of our locations for displays with lots more titles to choose from!
Hello Challenge Readers (and anyone who’d like to join!)
The Online Reading Challenge for this year is close to wrapping up, but never fear – the Challenge will continue in 2023!
For anyone who doesn’t know (or remember!) the Online Reading Challenge is run through the Info Cafe blog. Each month we read books centered around a theme. Each year is a little different, but the unchanging main principle of this book club is: No Pressure! There is no sign-up, no meetings to attend (although you’re welcome to add any comments to the blog posts), no shame in not finishing a book, or skipping a month (or two). You can read one of the suggested titles or something different or none at all! Read at your own pace, read what interests you, try something out of your usual reading zone or stick with what you like best. In other words, create a personalized book club with a bit of encouragement from the Reading Challenge!
The theme for 2023 is Location! Location! Location!
Have you ever read a book where the location of the story is almost a character itself? That it is so integral to the book that it couldn’t possibly be set in any other place? Think of the high desert American Southwest of the Tony Hillerman mysteries, or the wild and windswept moors of Wuthering Heights. Location adds ambiance but also greatly impacts the people and the story itself.
We’ll transport ourselves (via armchair!) to places around the world, in the past and in the future. As always, we’ll have an introductory blog post at the beginning of the month, and a wrap-up at the end. The journey begins January 2nd!