Purposeful Retirement: Book Club

When & Where

Tuesday, May 7
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

If you have questions or would like to receive the Zoom link to join the discussion, contact one of the leaders below.
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What to Expect

The Book Club is intentionally choosing a diverse selection of books, including some classics. Please join us from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm, on the first Tuesday of each month. 

May 7, Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

Set in the mountains of southern Appalachia, this is the story of a boy born to a teenaged single mother in a single-wide trailer, with no assets beyond his dead father’s good looks and copper-colored hair, a caustic wit, and a fierce talent for survival. In a plot that never pauses for breath, relayed in his own unsparing voice, he braves the modern perils of foster care, child labor, derelict schools, athletic success, addiction, disastrous loves, and crushing losses. Through all of it, he reckons with his own invisibility in a popular culture where even the superheroes have abandoned rural people in favor of cities.

Many generations ago, Charles Dickens wrote David Copperfield from his experience as a survivor of institutional poverty and its damages to children in his society. Those problems have yet to be solved in ours. Dickens is not a prerequisite for readers of this novel, but he provided its inspiration. In transposing a Victorian epic novel to the contemporary American South, Barbara Kingsolver enlists Dickens’ anger and compassion, and above all, his faith in the transformative powers of a good story. Demon Copperhead speaks for a new generation of lost boys, and all those born into beautiful, cursed places they can’t imagine leaving behind.

Upcoming schedule:

  • June 4, First Ladies by Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray

  • July 2, Tom Lake by Ann Patchett

  • August 6, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

  • September 3,The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham

  • September 24, The River We Remember by William K Krueger

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