[NFBV-Potomac-Announce] 2020-2021 Potomac Chapter Book Club

John Halverson jwh100 at outlook.com
Thu Sep 17 17:39:23 UTC 2020

                Hello Friends,

Below and attached are the Potomac Chapter book club selections for 2020 and 2021.

October 7, 2020: Beheld DB99271
Nesbit, TaraShea. Reading time: 6 hours, 47 minutes.
Read by Madelyn Buzzard.
Discussant: Annette, tentative, questions

Historical Fiction

New Plymouth, 1630. Ten years after the Pilgrims' arrival in their new world, a ship of newcomers arrives and a colonist is murdered. Alice Bradford and Eleanor Billington occupy two different classes and find themselves entangled in the intrigues of the community. Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2020.

November 4, 2020: The Nickel boys DB95925<https://nlsbard.loc.gov/nlsbardprod/download/detail/srch/DB95925>
Whitehead, Colson. Reading time: 6 hours, 48 minutes.
Read by Colson Whitehead; JD Jackson.
Discussant: Patty, questions

Historical Fiction

1962. Elwood Curtis lives with his grandmother, works when not in school, and admires Dr. Martin Luther King. But one innocent mistake sees him sentenced to reform school--the Nickel Academy. There he meets Turner, whose skepticism challenges Elwood. Their friendship has repercussions in the sadistic school. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2019.

December 2, 2020: Blind ambition: one woman's journey to greatness despite her blindness DBC01886<https://nlsbard.loc.gov/nlsbardprod/download/detail/srch/DBC01886>
Hairston, Ever Lee. Reading time: 6 hours, 28 minutes.
Read by Paul Georgiou. A production of New Jersey State Library, State Talking Book and Braille Center.
Discussant: Nancy, no questions

Biography of Persons with Disabilities

Decades after she lost her eyesight, a woman's powerful, inspirational story of ambition and helping others overcome obstacles to realize the purpose of their lives.

Wednesday January 6, 2021: Hornet flight / DB55279<https://nlsbard.loc.gov/nlsbardprod/download/detail/srch/DB55279>
Follett, Ken. Reading time: 14 hours, 35 minutes.
Read by David Hartley-Margolin. A production of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress.
Discussant: Joe, not sure of questions

Suspense Fiction
Spy Stories
War Stories

Denmark, 1941. Eighteen-year-old Harald Olufsen discovers a secret Nazi radar installation on his island home. With the help of his brother's English fiancée, Hermia--a spy--and the Danish resistance movement, Harald attempts to cross the North Sea to warn the British. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Bestseller. 2002.

February 3, 2021: A house in the sky: a memoir DB78070<https://nlsbard.loc.gov/nlsbardprod/download/detail/srch/DB78070>
Lindhout, Amanda; Corbett, Sara. Reading time: 15 hours, 36 minutes.
Read by Madelyn Buzzard. A production of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress.
Discussant: Franklyn

Journalism and the Media

Freelance journalist Lindhout recounts her career, tracing its roots to her childhood in Alberta, Canada, where she grew up reading National Geographic. Describes her worldwide travels; experiences in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other hot spots; and 2008 kidnapping and fifteen-month captivity in Somalia. Violence and some strong language. 2013.

March 3, 2021: Stamped: racism, antiracism, and you DB98926<https://nlsbard.loc.gov/nlsbardprod/download/detail/srch/DB98926>
Reynolds, Jason; Kendi, Ibram X. Reading time: 4 hours, 13 minutes.
Read by Jason Reynolds.
Discussant: Christine, not certain of questions

Social Sciences
Young Adult
History, Juvenile

National Ambassador for Young People's Literature adapts Ibram X. Kendi's award-winning book Stamped from the Beginning (DB 89293). Reynolds discusses how racist ideas started and were spread, and how they can be discredited. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2020.

April 7, 2021: Middlesex DB54934<https://nlsbard.loc.gov/nlsbardprod/download/detail/srch/DB54934>
Eugenides, Jeffrey. Reading time: 24 hours, 21 minutes.
Read by Erik Sandvold. A production of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress.

Discussant: John, questions


At forty-one, hermaphrodite Cal Stephanides examines the rare genetic mutation that has caused his gender to change since his birth as a girl in 1960. He describes his teenage revelations, his Greek grandparents' guilty secret, and his coming-of-age in Detroit. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Pulitzer Prize winner. Bestseller. 2002.

May 5, 2021: American dirt DB98146<https://nlsbard.loc.gov/nlsbardprod/download/detail/srch/DB98146>
Cummins, Jeanine. Reading time: 16 hours, 57 minutes.
Read by Yareli Arizmendi.
Discussant: Sandy, questions

Suspense Fiction

Lydia Quixano Pérez runs a bookstore in Acapulco. When her journalist husband writes an exposé about Javier, the head of the newest drug cartel in the city, her life changes forever. Lydia and her eight-year-old son flee for their lives, hoping to make it to the United States. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

June 2, 2021: Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
Discussant: Carl, not sure about questions
Not yet in BARD but should be  there soon.

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