Calendar Girls: Black History Month!

This month’s theme is for Black History Month! We each get to choose a book by a black author. I’ve included some honourable mentions too.
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Hosted by Katie @ Never Not Reading and Darque Reader Reads, “Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event created by Melanie at MNBernard Books, and Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile, and will now be hosted by me, Katie. It is designed to ignite bookish discussions among readers and was inspired by the 1961 Neil Sedaka song, Calendar Girl. Just like the song, each month has a different theme. Each blogger picks their favorite book from the theme, and on the first Monday of the month reveals their pick in a Calendar Girls post. Make sure to post back to the hostess’s post, and I will make a master list for the month. The master lists allow everyone to see the other Calendar Girls’ picks and to pop on over to their blogs. Thus, we all get to chat about books and even make some new friends!” — Katie

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This is one of my favorite books of all time. Alice Walker is a tour de force and this is definitely a classic. I recommend it to everyone. This is one of those books that is raw, honest, cruel, uplifting…there’s a whole gauntlet of emotions that you’ll experience. I highly recommend this. And if you’re not into the book, then you should check out the movie, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Margaret Avery, Oprah Winfrey, and just an amazing cast. 

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this novel about a resilient and courageous woman has become a Broadway show and a cultural phenomenon.

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

Celie has grown up poor in rural Georgia, despised by the society around her and abused by her own family. She strives to protect her sister, Nettie, from a similar fate, and while Nettie escapes to a new life as a missionary in Africa, Celie is left behind without her best friend and confidante, married off to an older suitor, and sentenced to a life alone with a harsh and brutal husband.

In an attempt to transcend a life that often seems too much to bear, Celie begins writing letters directly to God. The letters, spanning twenty years, record a journey of self-discovery and empowerment guided by the light of a few strong women. She meets Shug Avery, her husband’s mistress and a jazz singer with a zest for life, and her stepson’s wife, Sophia, who challenges her to fight for independence. And though the many letters from Celie’s sister are hidden by her husband, Nettie’s unwavering support will prove to be the most breathtaking of all.

The Color Purple has sold more than five million copies, inspired an Academy Award-nominated film starring Oprah Winfrey and directed by Steven Spielberg, and been adapted into a Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Lauded as a literary masterpiece, this is the groundbreaking novel that placed Walker “in the company of Faulkner” (The Nation), and remains a wrenching—yet intensely uplifting—experience for new generations of readers.

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9 thoughts on “Calendar Girls: Black History Month!

  1. Never Not Reading says:

    Great choice! I read this book this summer because of hearing everyone rave about it on The Great American Read, and I am SO GLAD I DID! I didn’t love it as much as Zora Neal Hurston, but it definitely was a contender when I was thinking about this theme.

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  2. christine @ lady gets lit says:

    Great choice! I read The Color Purple a couple of years back and was blown away! I’m looking forward to reading Michelle Obama’s book this month. I’m currently reading The Bold World, a memoir by Jodie Patterson, which is similar in theme.

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