The New Naples Book Club was created for young professionals ages 21-45 in Southwest Florida who love books and getting together with friends to share thoughts, ideas—and perhaps a glass of rosé. We meet once a month after work at different restaurants and spots around town. Want to join us at our next get-together? Just email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 18, 6-7 p.m. We will be staying for dinner afterward; all are invited!
WHERE: Details will be emailed when you RSVP.
BOOK SELECTION: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
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Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.
In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city’s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.