Turn Over a New Leaf with the Book Discussion Group
Free meetings take place on the second Thursday of each month; Next title: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward on April 12
The Bucks County Community College Book Discussion Group invites the public to its free, informal monthly meetings. The gatherings take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month during the academic year at the college’s Newtown campus.
Michael Hennessey, the literature professor who convenes the meetings, says group members come from a variety of backgrounds, but share a love of reading, In fact, the titles are suggested by group members at the last meeting of each semester.
“There’s not much conflict over the titles we choose,” said Hennessey, who has led the group discussions for more than a decade. “We certainly often disagree about the value or worth of some titles and some characters, but it’s always a civil discussion.”
The group will discuss Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel by Jesmyn Ward on Thursday, April 12. The winner of the National Book Award for Fiction tells the story of Jojo, a young black Mississippi boy raised by his grandparents, who is forced to become a man far before he should because his mother is a drug addict, his father is in jail, and his baby sister needs a guardian.
For the Thursday, May 10 meeting, the group takes on History of Wolves: A Novel by Emily Fridlund. The book tells the story of Linda, a teenage loner whose life of solitude cracks open when her history teacher is charged with child pornography. Outside of school, Linda begins to spend time with a young boy and his mother who moved into a house across the lake, but their family, like her teacher, are not as they appear.
Finally, the Book Discussion Group concludes the semester on Thursday, June 14, by delving into Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. The National Book Award finalist tells the saga of a Korean family over four generations, beginning in 1910 during the time of Japanese colonialization and ending in 1989. At this meeting, group members will also debate and choose titles for the September to December fall meeting schedule.
Founded in 1988, the Bucks County Community College Book Discussion Group meets from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month in room 114 of the Rollins Center, located near the Student Life office. The campus is located at 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, Pa., 18940. For snow closing information, call 215-968‑8000 or visit www.bucks.edu. For more information, contact Michael Hennessey at 215-968-8164 or Michael.Hennessey@bucks.edu.