Thanks to everyone who attended the April meeting of the Field Notes Book Group and engaged in a lively discussion of our last book, The Art of Racing in the Rain. As usual, at the end of the meeting we decided on the book for next month’s get-together on May 20 from 11:00 to 12:30.
The May book we’ve chosen is Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson, and it is a terrific book, sure to inspire great discussions.
Another Brooklyn is about memory, what we remember and how our memories shape us. It’s about loss: lost mothers, lost friends, lost innocence. It’s also about a very specific time and place, seen through the memories of August, now an adult returning to Brooklyn in connection with her father’s death. A chance meeting with a former friend on the subway brings back to vivid heartbreaking life the time when August was young and first living in Brooklyn in the 1970’s, and becoming best friends with Gigi, Angela and Sylvia. The book is vibrant with the sights and scents and music of the period (and if you’re of a particular age, that music will bring the era back to you, too), and August and her friends face all the joys of discovering themselves as young women and all the dangers of that discovery. Specific and universal, Another Brooklyn is the kind of book that remains with you long after you read it.
So come to the library and pick up the reserved copy for the book group, and then join us on May 20 at the Gallery in the Field Library from 11 to 12:30 to talk about August, her life, and this poetic, warm book. Coffee and refreshments will be served, and we look forward to seeing you there!