Come join us for a discussion of Dorothy West's 1996 novel, The Wedding. This widely heralded novel tells the story of the Oval, a wealthy black community in 1950s Martha's Vineyard.The novel focuses on the Coles family, in particular, the upcoming marriage of Shelby Coles to a white jazz musician. Through the examination of this one event, West analyzes race and familial relations as they exist through many generations.
Celebrate Women's History Month with Legendary Voices
If you are unfamiliar with Freegal, it is a service provided through the DC Public Library that allows you to download three mp3s per week, which are then yours to keep forever — they do not need to be returned and they will never expire.In honor of Women's History Month, check out some of these legendary women and their classic albums! We have highlighted some great selections here, but you can find more by logging into Freegal with your DC Public Library cardhere and searching for these and other legendary women artists.
In honor of the beginning of Daylight Saving Time, here are some books to help you get a head start on your urban gardening this year. Find these titles and many more at your Rosedale Neighborhood Library.
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Charles Portis’ classic novel, True Grit, tells the story of young Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old seeking justice for her father’s murder. She states in the opening line of the novel, “People do not give it credence that a 14-year-old girl could leave home and go off in the wintertime to avenge her father’s blood but it did not seem so strange then, although I will say it did not happen every day.” She is right about this sort of thing not happening every day, but then again, strong, young female characters like Mattie do not come around every day either.Mattie hires an ornery old U.S. Marshal, Rooster Cogburn, to help her track down her father’s killer, and the pair are joined by Texas Ranger LeBoeuf, who has been hunting the killer, Tom Chaney, for an unrelated homicide in Texas. At first the two older men try to leave Mattie behind, but her dogged pursuit eventually convinces them that she is up to the task.