January 8, 2018
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
It is 1946, and city-bred Laura McAllan is trying to raise her children on her husband's Mississippi Delta farm - a place she finds foreign and frightening. In the midst of the family's struggles, two young men return from the war to work the land. It is the unlikely friendship of these brothers-in-arms that drives this powerful novel to its inexorable conclusion.
February 5, 2018
No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts
The Great Gatsby brilliantly recast in the contemporary South: a powerful first novel about an extended African-American family and their colliding visions of the American Dream.
March 5, 2018
Evicted by Matthew Desmond
Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers. In vivid, intimate prose, Desmond provides a ground-level view of one of the most urgent issues facing America today. As we see families forced into shelters, squalid apartments, or more dangerous neighborhoods, we bear witness to the human cost of America's vast inequality - and to people's determination and intelligence in the face of hardship.
April 2, 2018
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
In this hauntingly beautiful story of love, loneliness, and self-discovery, an endearing widower embarks on a life-changing adventure. He sets out on a quest to find out the truth about his wife's secret life before they met, journeying from London to Paris and beyond.