January's Book Club selection was chosen by yours truly; Sweetsmoke is a book that I read for the first time in 2008 and I loved it! If you would like to read more about this title, please click here.
About Sweetsmoke:"Cassius is a slave-carpenter who is owned by the Howard’s of Sweetsmoke plantation. His life, like that of other slaves in the South, is controlled and manipulated by the white owners to help guarantee the continued prosperity of their plantation. Emoline Justice was also at one time, a slave on the Howard Plantation. She was freed by master Hoke Howard and became a healer and teller of fortunes for the ‘whites’. When Cassius was punished by the whip as a younger man, he ran away from the plantation and was taken-in for a time by Emoline. She helped him to heal both body and mind. She taught him to read and to believe in living once again. From that time onward, Cassius and Emoline shared a very special bond. Cassius had a special connection with Hoke Howard, like that of a favoured pet and its owner. Cassius had a certain aura about him that made a mockery out of his attempts to be submissive, as his masters believed their black slaves should be. Many of those subversive personality traits and ideas were most likely learned from the head-strong and determined Emoline. Emoline had been murdered! When the news had finally been broken to Cassius, he had nearly dropped to his knees in sorrow, disbelief and fury towards her unknown killer. WHY would anyone want to kill Emoline? Cassius makes it his personal mission; to hunt down and kill her murderer, one way or another."
If you would like to participate, please pick up a copy of the selected title as soon as you can. Please do your best to read it before January 20th, 2010. You can purchase a copy, borrow it from a friend or family member or you can borrow a copy from your local library.
All official members will meet (online) on Friday, January 22nd, 2010 in a specified meeting place to chat.
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