'Read Your Way Across the USA'

Rosedale Library

'Read Your Way Across the USA'

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, 2 p.m.

Postcard from Oklahoma

Here are some fun facts about Oklahoma: the state bird is the Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher, and the shopping cart was invented by Oklahoman Sylvan Goldman. Want another fun fact about Oklahoma? It's the next stop on the Rosedale Book Club's Read Your Way Across the USA tour!

In January we'll be reading Toni Morrison's Paradise, which is set in Ruby, Oklahoma.

Picture of the cover of ParadiseAbout the book:
Founded by descendants of free slaves as intent on isolating themselves from the outside world as it once was on rejecting them, the patriarchal community of Ruby is built on righteousness, rigidly enforced moral law, and fear. But seventeen miles away, another group of exiles has gathered in a promised land of their own. And it is upon these women in flight from death and despair that nine male citizens of Ruby will lay their pain, their terror, and their murderous rage...

Paradise is a tour de force of storytelling power, richly imagined and elegantly composed. Morrison challenges our most fiercely held beliefs as she weaves folklore and history, memory and myth, into an unforgettable meditation on race, religion, gender, and the way a society can turn on itself until it is forced to explode.

Curious about where we'll go next? Come to the discussion of Paradise on Jan. 21 to find out!