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Page Turners
Leader: Debbie Babbage

Page Turners


July Selection:

 

The Underground Railroad

By Colson Whitehead

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.
     In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city’s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.
     Like the protagonist of Gulliver’s Travels, Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey—hers is an odyssey through time as well as space. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre–Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.

 

Please join us Thursday, July 27th at 10:00am in the  Kerrison Room as we discuss this month’s novel. Everyone is invited.  Bring your friends. 

August Selection: No Meeting  

September Selection: America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray


Do you love to read? Then do we have a club for you!!!  Page Turners is a monthly book club that has been together for over 10 years, dedicated to reading all sort of books—bestselling fiction and non-fiction, classic and contemporary.  We search the best seller and book club lists to find unique, interesting, and great novels.

Page Turners puts together theme programs—Mystery Month, Drama (Plays) Month, Books to Movies, Going Back in Time Classics and Young Adult Selections. We participate in the yearly “If Everyone in Rochester Reads..” program, not only reading the book but also going to see the visiting authors. Our club has also organized a spin-off of the “If Everyone in Rochester Reads” program called GUMC All Church Reads—selecting a Christian thought provoking bestseller selection and scheduling an evening pot-luck and discussion night.

Page Turners meets the fourth Thursday of every month, at 10:00am, in the Kerrison Room.

 


 

Reading Lists you might be interested in:

Page Turners Book Club Reading List, Monthly Selections, 1999 thru 5/2018:

page_turners_selection_list.pdf

Greece UMC All Church Reads - Annual Selections 2009 thru 2017:

gumcifallthechurchreadselections.pdf
If All of Rochester Read the Same Book - Annual Selections 2002 thru 2017:

if_all_of_rochester_read_the_same_book_selections.pdf

 

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