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.


  1. SILVER SPARROW is an astonishing book. It's absolutely mesmerizing from start to finish; I couldn't stop reading and devoured it in two days. This is literary fiction at its finest: Each character is so engaging, the voice and prose so pitch-perfect, the emotion high but not sentimental, and all woven together with an engrossing, heart-wrenching plot. When I got to the end, my hands were shaking. I both didn't want it to end and thought, yes, yes, that's exactly right (and I couldn't help but weep). Tayari Jones's first two novels (LEAVING ATLANTA and THE UNTELLING) are excellent in their own right, but this book gleams with a high-polished beauty.

  2. Thanks so much for posting Sverige! That;s exactly how I felt. Hope you'll continue to share your reactions with us!