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Fiction Book Club - Second Thursday Group

Event Type: Book Discussion Group
Age Group(s): Adults
Date: 12/13/2012
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM
Description:
 Caleb's Crossing
By Geraldine Brooks

When Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks came to live on Martha's Vineyard in 2006, she ran across a map by the island's native Wampanoag people that marked the birthplace of Caleb, first Native American to graduate of Harvard College--in 1665. In Caleb's Crossing, Brooks offers a compelling answer to the riddle of how--in an era that considered him an intellectually impaired savage--he left the island to compete with the sons of the Puritanical elite. She relates his story through the impassioned voice of the daughter of the island's Calvinist minister, a brilliant young woman who aches for the education her father wastes on her dull brother. Bethia Mayfield meets Caleb at twelve, and their mutual affinity for nature and knowledge evolves into a clandestine, lifelong bond. This window on early academia fascinates, but the book breathes most thrillingly in the island's salt-stung air, and in the end, its questions of the power and cost of knowledge resound most profoundly not in Harvard's halls, but in the fire of a Wampanoag medicine man.

Join us for Hoover Public Library's Second Thursday book discussion group in the Theatre Level Meeting Rooms. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Feel welcome to join us!
   Map
Location: Meeting Room A and B
Contact: Fiction Department
Contact Number: 205-444-7820