Book Club Meetup: Tuesday, January 7th

C2638D58-0314-4BCD-A8EB-38DBFD093096Come and discuss Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner (Atria) 
Tuesday, January 7th, 7:00pm
Panera Bread, 5940 Fairview Rd., Charlotte, NC.

Synopsis: Growing up in 1950s Detroit, they live in a perfect “Dick and Jane” house, where their roles in the family are clearly defined. Jo is the tomboy, the bookish rebel with a passion to make the world more fair; Bethie is the pretty, feminine good girl, a would-be star who enjoys the power her beauty confers and dreams of a traditional life. But the truth ends up looking different from what the girls imagined. Jo and Bethie survive traumas and tragedies, and neither sister inhabit the world she dreams of, or a life that feels authentic or joyful. Is it too late for the women to finally stake a claim on happily ever after?

All are welcome to attend, to give your input or learn about a new book to read!

 

😊 📚 All titles for our bookclub are selected from WNBA’s Great Group Reads List.
Interested in knowing more about that committee? Contact Kristen Knox, KKnox.NatlReadingGrpMonth@gmail.com

Book Club Meetup: Tuesday, November 5th

Tomorrow'sBread MayhewCome and discuss Tomorrow’s Bread by Anna Jean Mayhew (Kensington Books)
Tuesday, November 5th, 7:00pm
Panera Bread, 5940 Fairview Rd., Charlotte, NC

ABOUT CHARLOTTE HISTORY, Y’ALL!
In 1961 Charlotte, North Carolina, the predominantly black neighborhood of Brooklyn is a bustling city within a city. Self-contained and vibrant, it has its own restaurants, schools, theaters, churches, and night clubs. There are shotgun shacks and poverty, along with well-maintained houses like the one Loraylee Hawkins shares with her young son, Hawk, her Uncle Ray, and her grandmother, Bibi. Loraylee’s love for Archibald Griffin, Hawk’s white father and manager of the cafeteria where she works, must be kept secret in the segregated South.

Loraylee has heard rumors that the city plans to bulldoze her neighborhood, claiming it’s dilapidated and dangerous. The government promises to provide new housing and relocate businesses. But locals like Pastor Ebenezer Polk, who’s facing the demolition of his church, know the value of Brooklyn does not lie in bricks and mortar.

 Please come, whether you’ve read / liked the book or not!

All titles for our bookclub are selected from WNBA’s Great Group Reads List. Interested in knowing more about that committee? Contact Kristen Knox, KKnox.NatlReadingGrpMonth@gmail.com

 

Member Mondays – Carolyn Snow Abiad

Member Mondays is a new feature on the Women’s National Book Association- Charlotte blog. Interviews are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. We plan to cycle through all members each year. Special highlight posts for members with new publications or announcements are available on an ongoing basis.

This week, we have WNBA Membership Chair, Carolyn Snow Abiad.

About Carolyn:

Having once lived in Turkey, I love writing about eastern culture and myth. Today I lives in North Carolina with my husband, two sons, and nine koi fish. While my last name translates to “Snow White,” I have not yet written a memoir featuring an evil stepmother.

Do you prefer ebook, paperback or hardcover?

While I definitely prefer hardcover, I find myself reading more and more on my e-reader, and even on my iPhone. Ebooks are a convenient way to sneak in a few chapters while I’m waiting for my kids.

What are your reading habits?

I read about one fiction title per week. I also keep a non-fiction title on my nightstand, and that takes about a month to finish.

What book are you currently reading?

THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray. Set in the 1920s, this Young Adult story features murder, magical realism, and a good dose of romance. My non-fiction title for this month is WIRED FOR STORY by Lisa Cron.

One YA title that I think everyone can read is CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein. It’s the story of two unconventional girls: one a WW II pilot, the other a spy. Try it!

Where can other WNBA members connect with you?

I keep a blog at www.CarolynSnowAbiad.com, I use Goodreads as Carolyn Abiad, and I’m on Twitter at @csabiad.