2006-08-10 / About Town

Book group takes on 'Kate Vaiden'

The Afternoon Book Discussion at the Jamestown library continues on Tuesday, Sept. 12, the second Tuesday of the month, from 1 to 2 p.m. with the novel "Kate Vaiden" by Reynolds Price.

"Kate Vaiden's story is set in Price's Macon, N. C., a small town where a young girl could walk alone safely because 'there were killings and rapes but never by strangers, always family members.' Kate gives an honest account of herself as a daughter, niece, young woman, and mother, inducing the reader to like her in spite of her flaws, which abound. The language is rich - hugging the recalcitrant black cook is like embracing 'a tall thicket of polished broomsticks,' but not ostentatious. Price has been labeled a 'Southern writer,' and he certainly is that, but it would be a shame if his audience were limited to those with an academic interest in Southern literature. He is a fine storyteller whose work may have its strongest appeal among Southerners, but librarians should make 'Kate Vaiden' available to general readers everywhere." From Library Journal

Titles and date of future discussions are:

"The Grapes of Wrath," by John Steinbeck, Oct. 10.

"A Covenant with Death," by Stephen Becker, Nov. 14.

"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," by Betty Smith, Dec. 12.

"Mirage," by Soheir Khashoggi, Jan. 9.

These books may be obtained through the Jamestown library by placing holds on one of the many copies in the state available through the Cooperating Libraries Automated Network or CLAN.

This book discussion is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 423-7280.

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