Did you know that approximately 6 million African Americans moved from the South to the North and West in the years between 1916 and 1970? This period in American history is known as the Great Migration, and it serves as the backdrop of a new novel by first-time novelist Ayana Mathis, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie. The titular character of Mathis's novel moves from rural Georgia to Philadelphia in the 1920's; the book follows her struggle to chase the American dream in the urban, industrial north. Oprah has selected the book for Oprah's Book Club 2.0, and the library has chosen it for our February book discussion.
Join us in the Main Library on February 19th at 7 PM in the 3rd floor ellipse for a conversation about the book. We appreciate it if you RSVP through our event calendar, but RSVPs are not required.
You can also join the discussion on Goodreads, where we'll post links to related resources you can use to learn more about the historical context of the book.
To reserve a copy of the book, place a hold in the catalog. If you use an e-reader like a Kindle, Nook, or iPad, you can download the book from Overdrive. You can also download an audiobook version.
We hope you'll join us on the 19th! Discussing this book will be a fun way to celebrate Black History Month.