Monday, April 30, 2012

Dealing with Tavis

Next Tuesday May 8th we'll be meeting to discuss Tavis Smiley's autobiography, What I Know for Sure. You might enjoy hearing Tavis give his own perspective on the book in this video. If you haven't picked up a copy yet, we still have several copies at the 2nd floor; it's a quick read!

Some questions to ponder as we  get ready for our discussion: how does physical or emotional abuse continue to affect a family, even years afterwards? Do you think Tavis is being completely honest in the way he presents the relationship with his parents? How do you think his life might have turned out differently if the abuse had not happened? What about the role of his religion in his life?

Thanks to everyone who has sent me their suggestions for future discussions. I plan to have the final list by our next meeting, but it is not too late to send in your requests! If your favorite does NOT get picked for this go-round, please don't feel discouraged. Some titles are simply to hard to get hold of for a large group, or too long to fit in a monthly reading cycle. But I'll try to get to as many of your suggestions as possible.

See you next Tuesday, May 8th at 7:00!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Countdown to Silver Sparrow and Tavis Smiley

Greetings AAL fans! This coming Tuesday we'll be meeting to discuss Tayari Jones' Silver Sparrow. We have a few copies left at the Reader's Services desk, so it's not too late! As a special treat, Ms Jones has donated 10 Silver Sparrow bookplates for AAL members.

So much has been written about this wonderful novel, but I won't overwhelm you. If you have a chance before Tuesday, check out the  Silver Sparrow Reading guide from Tayari's website, and give a listen to her interview on All Things Considered from last May.

Coming attractions...stay tuned for our next discussion, Tavis Smiley's What I Know For Sure. The NPR talk show host who catapulted The Covenant with Black America to number one on the New York Times bestseller list authored a searing memoir of poverty, ambition, pain, and atonement. Join us Tuesday May 8th as we discuss this honest, deeply moving self-portrait of one of America's most popular media figures.As usual copies will be held for AAL members at our Reader's Services desk, so stop by or call 847-448-8620.