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Book Club Meetings

The Bowling Green Library Book Club is open to all who are interested. The book club meets the 3rd Thursday of the month, at 6 p.m., here at the library.

NEXT MEETING: February 15, 2024

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Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly, is an anti-slavery novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe. Published in 1852, the novel "helped lay the groundwork for the Civil War", according to Will Kaufman. Stowe, a Connecticut-born teacher at the Hartford Female Seminary and an active abolitionist, featured the character of Uncle Tom, a long-suffering black slave around whom the stories of other characters revolve. The sentimental novel depicts the reality of slavery while also asserting that Christian love can overcome something as destructive as enslavement of fellow human beings. Uncle Tom's Cabin was the best-selling novel of the 19th century and the second best-selling book of that century, following the Bible. It is credited with helping fuel the abolitionist cause in the 1850s. In the first year after it was published, 300,000 copies of the book were sold in the United States; one million copies in Great Britain. In 1855, three years after it was published, it was called "the most popular novel of our day." The impact attributed to the book is great, reinforced by a story that when Abraham Lincoln met Stowe at the start of the Civil War, Lincoln declared, "So this is the little lady who started this great war." The quote is apocryphal; it did not appear in print until 1896, and it has been argued that "The long-term durability of Lincoln's greeting as an anecdote in literary studies and Stowe scholarship can perhaps be explained in part by the desire among many contemporary intellectuals ... to affirm the role of literature as an agent of social change."

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2024 Selections

January 18

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

February 15

Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

March 21

Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit by Eliese Goldbach

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April 18

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

May 16

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

June 20

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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July 18

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

August 15

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

September 19

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October 17

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November 21

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December 

No book club meeting, instead we we will have a holiday get together. Details to follow.

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