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Food for Thought: All That She Carried (April 13)

This year's book discussions will center around major literary prizes. We meet at 5:00pm on the 2nd Thursday at the Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., in the 2nd floor meeting room.

Our April 13 title, winner of the National Book Award, is All That She Carried (nonfiction) by Tiya Miles. This book is available at the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County, the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, and the YSU Barnes & Noble. Haven't read the book yet? No worries.

"All That She Carried is a poignant story of resilience and of love passed down through generations of women against steep odds. It honors the creativity and fierce resourcefulness of people who preserved family ties even when official systems refused to do so, and it serves as a visionary illustration of how to reconstruct and recount their stories today.

A brilliant, original work, All That She Carried presents a Black woman’s countercompilation of lives that ordinary archives suppress. Tiya Miles’s graceful prose gives us narrative history, social history, and object history of women’s craft through the things Rose gave the daughter she was losing forever. With depth and breadth, Miles offers the visual record of love in the face of the child trafficking atrocities of slavery. This book is scholarship at its best and most heartrending."

Upcoming books in this series:

May 11: (biography) Pulitzer: Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser

A new series will begin in September, centered around the concept of place. Our September title is A Brief History of Seven Killings (historical fiction) by Marlon James

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