BookClub: Post Meeting Review of "The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride - Review by Shawna Ervin

Good Lord Bird James McBride


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 the fictional story of Little Onion, a boy slave who is rescued/kidnapped by John Brown and mistaken for a girl.

The Good Lord Bird is about loyalty and identity; our discussion centered on those themes as well. We talked about race, culture, religion and zealotry, history and fiction, dialects, literature, current events, and of course professional sports. The big takeaway from our discussion was this: “It is much harder to treat people as individuals than as groups or stereotypes.”

I enjoyed meeting everyone who was able to make it! Your laughter was wonderful! I hope to see many of you again at events between now and the next book club, and drag a few more into our group as well.

Like most things in life,

you don’t know nothing

till you want to know it,

and don’t see

what you don’t want to see.”

The Good Lord Bird, James McBride


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The next meeting will be May 3. We’ll discuss Behind The Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo. I’m looking forward to another good book and discussion!

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