2020 Book Group

Last Monday of the Month  at 6:00PM

The Raymond Village Library Book group has a wonderful selection for 2020.  We hope you can join us. The book group will allow you to read something you might not normally select. Read, unwind and have a discussion with friends new and old.

September 2020

The Nickel Boys

by Colson Whitehead

Based on a real life reform school in Florida, this is the story of two boys sentenced to a reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.  As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart.  He is “as good as anyone”.  Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reform school called the Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides training so that delinquent boys can become “honorable and honest men.”  In reality, The Nickel Academy is a horror.  Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold on to Dr. King’s words.  His friend Turner thinks Elwood is naive, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble.  The boys’ fates will be determined by what they endure at The Nickel Academy.

October 2020

Everything I Never Told You

by Celeste Ng

A novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue.  But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos.

November 2020

How to Be a Good Creature

by Sy Montgomery

 Sy Montgomery reflects on the personalities and quirks of 13 animals – her friends – who have profoundly affected her in this stunning, poetic, and life-affirming memoir on “What 13 Animals Taught Her About Otherness, Love, and the Heart of Our Humanity.”