Preview of – Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Posted by on Jun 11, 2016 in Bookclub, Poetry, Racial Concerns | No Comments

Hi, book group folks! I hope you are all having a wonderful summer! I’m looking forward to seeing all of you again soon. We will meet again on Sunday, August 7, from 4 to 6 pm. Please see our private member pages on Meetup for the address and directions to our gathering space. In August… Read more ➞

Preview of – The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez – Post by Shawna Ervin

Hello readers! We had a great discussion with Michelle Theall last month about her book, Teaching the Cat to Sit. We missed those of you who were unable to make it. The book group will meet again on Sunday, May 1, from 4 to 6 pm in southwest Denver. Please see details on our member… Read more ➞

When: An Adoptee’s Experience – guest blogger S. Hein

Context: Ms. Hein, a transracial adoptee in her tweens, created the following poem for a middle school language arts assignment.  Ms. Hein selected her topic and wrote her poem during class time, using evenings at home to practice and memorize her work. She asserts these are her thoughts, her feelings, her experiences and respects others’… Read more ➞

Preview of “Teaching the Cat to Sit ” by Michelle Theall – post by Shawna Ervin

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in Bookclub, LGBTQ | No Comments

Hello, Readers! In February, we’ll be discussing Teaching the Cat to Sit by Boulder author, Michelle Theall. Her book is a compelling memoir of a gay Catholic woman struggling to find balance between being a daughter and a mother raising her son with a loving partner in the face of discrimination. We are so excited… Read more ➞

Preview of “Contrition” by Maura Weiler – post by Shawna Ervin

Hi, Readers! November’s book selection has been changed so that we can welcome the authors of both November’s selection and February’s selection!  Exciting news! I have been able to get Maura Weiler, author of Contrition, to come to our TAFicity book group in November. To do this, we are switching this month’s book with February’s… Read more ➞

Preview of “The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz – post by Shawna Ervin

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Bookclub | No Comments

Happy summer, readers! It is almost time for another TAFicity book club discussion. This month the group will discuss The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. This book won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008. Summary from Amazon: “Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he… Read more ➞

Bookclub Review of “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo – a post by Shawna Ervin

Posted by on May 10, 2015 in Bookclub | No Comments

Hello readers! This month the TAFicity book club read Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo. The book tells the story of a few families who live in the Annawadi slum, a makeshift settlement near luxury hotels and the Mumbai airport in India. It follows Abdul, who gathers trash to earn money until tragedy hits… Read more ➞

Preview of “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo – a post by Shawna Ervin

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Bookclub | No Comments

Hello, TAFicity folks! The next book club meeting is coming up on May 3, a little over a month away. We had a wonderful discussion in February. I’m looking forward to another in May! Our next book is Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo, an American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. Behind the Beautiful Forevers won… Read more ➞

“You…don’t see what you don’t want to see.” – James McBride, “The Good Lord Bird”

  The TAFicity book club had its inaugural meeting on Feb. 1 while something else was on TV. We burrowed into The Good Lord Bird by James McBride and had a great discussion. In this book, McBride wove historical accounts of John Brown and Harper’s Ferry, which was a catalyst for the Civil War, into… Read more ➞

Preview of “The Good Lord Bird” by James McBride – Post by Shawna Ervin

Hello fellow readers! I’m so excited to have been asked to lead a book group for TAFicity. As a writer and mom to two kids born in Korea this is a great fit for me. Our first book will be The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. The book was the 2013 National Book Award… Read more ➞

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