Book Club

August 1, 2020  10:00 am    at Oakdale Park, off of Granada and about 47th St. N.  By the tennis courts

Just Mercy    By Bryan Stevenson              

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice. 

September 12, 2020  1:30 pm   location TBD 

Kings Blood Royal   by Sinclare Lewis                       

A story that deals with a successful white man who well into his life discovers that he is part black, quite a controversial subject for 1947. A very honest and masterful tale of a man trying to connect with his “blackness” and the society and heritage to which he belongs, including insights into the racism of the time and the relationships between blacks and whites. 

October 3, 2020   1:30 pm   location TBD 

The Sand Country Almanac  by Aldo Leopold        

The environmental classic that redefined the way we think about the natural world—an urgent call for preservation that’s more timely than ever. 

“We can place this book on the shelf that holds the writings of Thoreau and John Muir.”—San Francisco Chronicle

These astonishing portraits of the natural world explore the breathtaking diversity of the unspoiled American landscape—the mountains and the prairies, the deserts and the coastlines. Conjuring up one extraordinary vision after another, Aldo Leopold takes readers with him on the road and through the seasons on a fantastic tour of our priceless natural resources, explaining the destructive effects humankind has had on the land and issuing a bold challenge to protect the world we love.