Renaissance Readers meet on the second Tuesday of each month, January through November, at 10:15 AM. Book selections are made 3-6 months in advance. Selected titles are often of a scholarly nature or lend themselves to thoughtful discussions. Anyone interested in reading and discussing the selected books is welcome to attend!
January's Selection: Native Son by Richard Wright
Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic.
Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Wright's powerful novel is an unsparing reflection on the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and of what it means to be black in America.