(ONLINE) Book Club Meeting: “The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store” by James McBride


Jun 15 2024


12:00 am - 2:00 am


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Greetings Mocha Girls,

I hope this message finds everyone well. Please join us on Google Meet where we will have our discussion virtually.

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*Mocha Girl Leanna*
Minneapolis Chapter Organizer

Our May 2024 monthly book selection is “The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store” by James McBride.

***Reading Guide***
Week 1: Chapters 1 – 8
Week 2: Chapters 9 – 14
Week 3: Chapters 15 – 21
Week 4: Chapters 22 – 29

Remember, if you don’t finish the book, you are still welcome, so come anyway!

R.S.V.P. Etiquette: Please make sure to RSVP to an event or book club meeting ONLY if you are going. Do not RSVP if you are thinking about going or would like to go.

Thanks in advance and I can’t wait to see you all!

REMEMBER: Support a new Black-owned Bookstore called RESIST BOOKSELLERS and get 15% off when you use the code MGR22. [resistbooksellers.com](http://resistbooksellers.com/)

***About The Book***
**Named a Must Read for the Summer by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Time, AARP, Town & Country, St. Louis Post-Dispatch**

**From James McBride, author of the bestselling Oprah’s Book Club pick *Deacon King Kong* and the National Book Award–winning *The Good Lord Bird*, a novel about small-town secrets and the people who keep them.**

When workers in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, were digging the foundations for a new development, the last thing they expected to find was a skeleton at the bottom of a well. Who the skeleton was and how it got there were two of the long-held secrets kept by the residents of Chicken Hill, the dilapidated neighbourhood where immigrant Jews and African Americans lived side by side and shared ambitions and sorrows.

As these characters’ stories overlap and deepen, it becomes clear how much the people who live on the margins struggle and what they must do to survive. When the truth is finally revealed about what happened on Chicken Hill and the part the town’s white establishment played in it, McBride shows us that even in dark times, it is love and community-heaven and earth-that sustain us.

***About the Author***
James McBride is an award-winning author, musician, and screenwriter. His landmark memoir, The Color of Water, published in 1996, has sold millions of copies and spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller list. Considered an American classic, it is read in schools and universities across the United States.

In addition to being an author and a musician, McBride has other attributes. He admits to being the worst dancer in the history of African Americana, bar none (he claims he should be legally barred from dancing at any event he attends). And when he takes off his hat, fleas fly out. Little things, little talents.

A native New Yorker and a graduate of New York City public schools, McBride studied composition at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio and received his master’s degree at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. In 2015, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama “for humanizing the complexities of discussing race in America.” He holds several honorary doctorates and is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University.

Find out more about the author [here.](https://www.jamesmcbride.com/bio/)

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