There's been a lot of activity with book discussion kits this spring, including the addition of a few critically acclaimed, high demand titles. Special thanks to the Friends of the Sequoya Library, whose support made possible the addition of The Shepherd's Life to the kit collection. We've also been able to add ten brand-new copies of Colson Whitehead's acclaimed novel The Underground Railroad, which was just awarded the Pulitzer Prize last week. More copies will be coming soon. And a big thank you to the Pinney readers who donated copies of Jodi Picoult's latest novel, Small Great Things.
One foggy night, a private plane takes off from Martha’s Vineyard. Sixteen minutes later, it plunges straight into the sea. Only two survive. Was it an accident? Murder? Just a simple twist of fate? As each of the passengers’ stories is revealed, the answer becomes more elusive.
This Pulitzer and National Book Award-winning novel follows the route of Cora and Caesar, two slaves who escape a brutal plantation via the Underground Railroad. But in this surreal world, the railroad is a literal track underground, and Cora and Caesar must follow a harrowing route through multiple states just ahead of a cruel slave catcher in search of real freedom.
Lake District raised and Oxford educated Rebanks provides a poetic, loving and realistic portrait of the farms and shepherds in one of England’s most rugged regions. Far from an elegy for a disappearing way of life, Rebanks emphasizes the importance of maintaining a connection to the land, and recognizing the worth of rural work.
Ruth, an experienced African-American delivery nurse, is forbidden to tend to the baby of a white supremacist family, but when the child goes into cardiac arrest and no one else is able to help, she makes a fateful decision. When the baby dies in her care, she is charged with a serious crime, and must reconsider what she thought she knew about others—and herself.