Cover of March: Book One by John Lewis
Friday, February 07, 2020

Have you heard about Libros & Libations? It's our 21-and-up book club that meets once a month at The Friendly Spot. We are there every third Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm. Everyone is welcome! Each month we have a discussion about the book we've read and then we also have an activity, just to keep things fun and friendly! We have a great slate of books lined up for 2020--take a look below.

  • This month, we are reading March: Book One, in honor of Black History Month. This amazing, nonfiction graphic novel was written by Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, and tells the remarkable, true story of the Congressman's lifelong battle for civil rights. The graphic novel, which won the National Book Award in 2016, opens with the inauguration of President Barack Obama in January of 2009 and then jumps back to the 1940s, when Lewis was a child in Alabama. It is beautifully drawn and lettered by Nate Powell, who has won a variety of awards. Find March: Book One, as well as the two sequels, Book Two and Book Three, on our Hoopla App today. There will never be a waitlist for books on Hoopla! And we hope we see you at The Friendly Spot on February 19.  
  • Next month, we'll tackle The Lightest Object in the Universe, a post-apocalyptic love story that has something for everyone to enjoy. Frequently compared to Station Eleven, which is soon to be adapted into a miniseries on HBO, this book is set in a world where the U.S. has suffered natural disasters, a flu epidemic, and an attack on the power grid. Main characters Carson and Beatrix make this tale, as they strive to reach each other without modern communication or transportation. The audio and ebook versions of this title are also on our Hoopla App
  • Tayari Jones' An American Marriage is our book club pick for April. When we meet up, we'll also make poems using haiku cubes--an activity not to be missed! This book has won numerous awards and was an Oprah Book Club pick last year. It focuses on the marriage of a middle-class couple who has to deal with a large problem.
  • In May we will be reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. This international best seller is an allegorical tale follows a Spanish shepard boy as he makes his way to Egypt. For our activity, we will be making our own treasure box origami! Join us at The Friendly Spot on May 20.
  • In June, we'll be reading Three Sisters in Black by Norman Zierold. Subtitled, "The bizarre true case of the bathtub tragedy," this true crime story is the tale of the torture and death of Ocey Snead. Fans of Serial and My Favorite Murder should definitely join us for this read!

Do you have suggestions for what we should read during the second half of the year? Let us know! We're on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!