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Boulder High Parent Book Club News

The BHS Book Club will have its first meeting for the 2021-2022 school year on Friday, September 17th. If you haven't read the book/selection for the week, don't worry! All are encouraged to participate and enjoy the discussion. Current parents of Boulder High School attend as well as parents of graduates. We are a very welcoming group.

We meet every Friday morning from 9:00-10:00 (ish) at North Boulder Park (9th St, and, Dellwood Ave, Boulder, CO 80304). We read one book about every 3-5 weeks. A reading schedule will be provided each time we begin a new book.

Email Sue Gehlert at sngehlert@gmail.com for more information and to get on the Book Club email group.

Current Selection for discussion starting September 17, 2021

We will be reading The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray.


On Deck: All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine Keeble Wilkinson. We will be reading this in conjunction with the Boulder Public Library's One Book, One Boulder program. (https://boulderlibrary.org/one-book/) There will be an optional author talk online on Thursday, Nov. 4 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Details are developing. We will have the final discussion on the book the day after the author meeting so we can discuss the Author Talk along with the end of the book.

Description

The Instant New York Times Bestseller! A Good Morning America* Book Club Pick!


"Historical fiction at its best!"*

A remarkable novel about J. P. Morgan's personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, the Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white in order to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nation, from New York Times bestselling author Marie Benedict, and acclaimed author Victoria Christopher Murray.

In her twenties, Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J. P. Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Pierpont Morgan Library. Belle becomes a fixture in New York City society and one of the most powerful people in the art and book world, known for her impeccable taste and shrewd negotiating for critical works as she helps create a world-class collection.

But Belle has a secret, one she must protect at all costs. She was born not Belle da Costa Greene but Belle Marion Greener. She is the daughter of Richard Greener, the first Black graduate of Harvard and a well-known advocate for equality. Belle's complexion isn't dark because of her alleged Portuguese heritage that lets her pass as white--her complexion is dark because she is African American.

The Personal Librarian tells the story of an extraordinary woman, famous for her intellect, style, and wit, and shares the lengths she must go to--for the protection of her family and her legacy--to preserve her carefully crafted white identity in the racist world in which she lives.

Books We've Read Over the Past Year:

  • The Night Watchman by Louise Endrich

  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

  • Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

  • The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

  • Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

  • Writer’s and Lovers by Lilly King

  • The Dutch House by Ann Patchet