Alachua Branch Book Club

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Join us at the Alachua Branch for a fun monthly book discussion. Each month we will select one Adult Fiction or Nonfiction title to read and discuss it as a group. Meetings will be held on the third Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Copies of the current book will be available upon request at the Circulation Desk. To confirm availability, please call 386-462-2592 or email

Currently Reading:

Cover image for The Nickel Boys

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Tuesday, June 18, 2 p.m., Alachua Branch Meeting Room

Elwood Curtis has taken the words of Dr Martin Luther King to heart: he is as good as anyone. Abandoned by his parents, brought up by his loving, strict and clear-sighted grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But given the time and the place, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy his future, and so Elwood arrives at The Nickel Academy, which claims to provide 'physical, intellectual and moral training' which will equip its inmates to become 'honorable and honest men'.

In reality, the Nickel Academy is a chamber of horrors, where physical, emotional and sexual abuse is rife, where corrupt officials and tradesmen do a brisk trade in supplies intended for the school, and where any boy who resists is likely to disappear 'out back'. Stunned to find himself in this vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold on to Dr. King's ringing assertion, 'Throw us in jail, and we will still love you.' But Elwood's fellow inmate and new friend Turner thinks Elwood is naïve and worse; the world is crooked, and the only way to survive is to emulate the cruelty and cynicism of their oppressors.

The tension between Elwood's idealism and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision which will have decades-long repercussions.

Upcoming Meetings:
July 16 - The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner
August 20 - Good Company by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
September 17 - The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes
October 15 - Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Previously Read: 
The Maid by Nita Prose
The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict
An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong
The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
Something Wilder by Christina Lauren
As Long As We Both Shall Live by JoAnn Chaney
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

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