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    Celebrate Black History Month by reading and sharing the same book(s) at the same time over the Autumn. Share your views about these books, specially selected by local libraries, online at Norfolk Library Book Review Blog. More information is available on the notice boards in each of the participating libraries.

    Location:
    Norfolk libraries (specific locations below)
    Admission:
    Free
    Accessibility:
    Fully accessible

    October events

    Acle
    The Secret Life Of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
    Acle
    Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed
    Attleborough
    White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
    Attleborough
    Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    Aylsham
    Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
    Aylsham
    Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler
    Caister
    Baking Cakes In Kigali by Gaile Parkin
    Dersingham
    Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman
    Earlham
    Devil In A Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
    Earlham
    The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    Gorleston
    Devil In A Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
    Gorleston
    Hello Mum by Bernadine Evaristo
    Great Yarmouth
    Tiny Sunbirds Far Away by Christie Watson
    King’s Lynn
    Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler
    Martham
    Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
    Plumstead Road
    The Long Song by Andrea Levy
    Plumstead Road
    The Cleverness Of Ladies by Alexander Mccall Smith
    Sprowston
    The Help by Kathryn Stockett
    Thorpe
    Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
    Tuckswood
    My Best Friend’s Girl by Dorothy Koomson
    Tuckswood
    To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    Acle Village Reads

    The Secret Life of Bees
    ↪ by Sue Monk Kidd

    Lily has grown up believing she accidentally killed her mother when she was four. Now fourteen, she yearns for her mother, and for forgiveness. Living on a peach farm in South Carolina with her father, she has only one friend: Rosaleen, a black servant whose sharp exterior hides a tender heart. South Carolina in the sixties is a place where segregation is still considered a cause worth fighting for. When racial tension explodes one summer afternoon, Lily feels compelled to act.

    Black Mamba Boy
    ↪ by Nadifa Mohamed

    Aden, Yemen, 1935. A city vibrant, alive, and full of hidden dangers. And home to Jama, a ten year-old boy. But then his mother dies unexpectedly and he finds himself alone in the world.

    Location:
    Acle: Acle Public Library, Bridewell Lane, NR13 3RA
    Telephone:
    01493 750693

    Attleborough Town Reads

    White Tiger
    ↪ by Aravind Adiga

    The Man Booker Prize winning first novel by Indian author Adiga is a rags to riches tale of a rise through the stark contrasts of India’s caste system via criminality, corruption, to entrepreneurial commercial success. The ‘voice of the colossal underclass’ of India’s poor is captured in all its darkness without patronising sentimentality or moral judgement, and of social arrival into the ‘light’ of upper caste capitalist success via any means.

    Americanah
    ↪ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    By the the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, Adichie writes with humorous and astute observation of character and political context of two Nigerians returning to their now democratic country after 15 years apart from home and each other in England and America. They face the realities of the West, their colour, status, identity, and passion ‘for each other and for their homeland.’

    Location:
    Attleborough: Attleborough Public Library, 31 Connaught Road, NR17 2BW
    Telephone:
    01953 452319

    Aylsham Town Read

    Noughts & Crosses
    ↪ by Malorie Blackman

    Sephy is a Cross – a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a nought – a ‘colourless’ member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood. But that’s as far as it can go. Until the first steps are taken towards more social equality and a limited number of Noughts are allowed into Cross schools… Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity by Noughts, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum – a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger.

    Calling Me Home
    ↪ by Julie Kibler

    Shalerville, Kentucky, 1939 is a world where black maids and handymen are trusted to raise white children and tend to white houses, but from which they are banished after dark. Sixteen-year-old Isabelle McAllister, born into wealth and privilege, finds her ordered life turned upside down when she becomes attracted to Robert, the ambitious black son of her family’s housekeeper. Before long Isabelle and Robert are crossing extraordinary, dangerous boundaries and falling deeply in love.

    Location:
    Aylsham: Aylsham Public Library, 7 Hungate Street, NR11 6AA
    Telephone:
    01263 732320

    Caister Village Read

    Baking Cakes in Kigali
    ↪ by Gaile Parkin

    Meet Angel Tungaraza, professional cake-baker, amateur matchmaker, an ear to listen and a shoulder to cry on. A uniquely charming, funny and touching novel of life and food set in Rwanda, a country recovering from unimaginable terror and violence.

    Location:
    Caister: Caister Public Library, Beach Road, NR30 5EX
    Telephone:
    01493 720594

    Earlham Read

    Devil in a Blue Dress
    ↪ by Walter Mosley

    The summer of 1948 in the City of Angels and there’s heat on the streets and in the ghettos of LA when Daphne Monet hits the sidewalk. Heat when she disappears with a trunkload of someone else’s cash. ‘I’m just asking you to find a girl...’ A simple decision for Easy Rawlins – no job, a mortgage and money due. Simple but for one thing. Nobody ever warned him – better the devil you know.

    The Color Purple
    ↪ by Alice Walker

    A powerful insight into the problems faced by an African American woman over 40 years from the early 1900s including poverty, racism and sex discrimination.

    Location:
    Norwich: Earlham Public Library, Colman Road, NR4 7HG
    Telephone:
    01603 454338

    Gorleston Read

    Devil in a Blue Dress
    ↪ by Walter Mosley

    The summer of 1948 in the City of Angels and there’s heat on the streets and in the ghettos of LA when Daphne Monet hits the sidewalk. Heat when she disappears with a trunkload of someone else’s cash. ‘I’m just asking you to find a girl...’ A simple decision for Easy Rawlins – no job, a mortgage and money due. Simple but for one thing. Nobody ever warned him – better the devil you know.

    Hello Mum
    ↪ by Bernadine Evaristo

    It is a hot summer afternoon. Tension is in the air. A gang of youths on bikes gathers outside a chip shop and a teenage boy is stabbed and left bleeding on the street. Hello Mum is a powerful and moving novel about a frightening current issue.

    Location:
    Gorleston: Gorleston Public Library, Lowestoft Road, NR31 6SG
    Telephone:
    01493 662561

    Great Yarmouth Read

    Tiny Sunbirds Far Away
    ↪ by Christie Watson

    Lagos, Nigeria. Blessing’s Mama found Father lying on top of another woman. It’s bad enough when her father abandons them. But when her mother loses her job, they have to leave home and move into her grandfather’s compound. Living with a poor countryside family is a shock beyond measure.

    Location:
    Great Yarmouth: Great Yarmouth Public Library, Tolhouse Street, NR30 2SH
    Telephone:
    01493 844551

    King’s Lynn Read

    Calling Me Home
    ↪ by Julie Kibler

    Shalerville, Kentucky, 1939 is a world where black maids and handymen are trusted to raise white children and tend to white houses, but from which they are banished after dark. Sixteen-year-old Isabelle McAllister, born into wealth and privilege, finds her ordered life turned upside down when she becomes attracted to Robert, the ambitious black son of her family’s housekeeper. Before long Isabelle and Robert are crossing extraordinary, dangerous boundaries and falling deeply in love.

    Location:
    King’s Lynn: King’s Lynn Public Library, London Road, PE30 5EZ
    Telephone:
    01553 772568

    Martham Read

    Mudbound
    ↪ by Hillary Jordan

    When Henry McAllan moves his city-bred wife, Laura, to a cotton farm in the Mississippi Delta in 1946, she finds herself in a place both foreign and frightening. When it rains, the waters rise up and swallow the bridge to town, stranding the family in a sea of mud. As the Second World War shudders to an end, two young men return from Europe to help work the farm only to face far more dangerous battles against ingrained bigotry.

    Location:
    Martham: Martham Public Library, Black Street, NR29 4PR
    Telephone:
    01493 740212

    Plumstead Road Reads

    Long Song
    ↪ by Andrea Levy

    July is a slave girl who lives upon a sugar plantation named Amity and it is her life that is the subject of this tale. She was there when the Baptist War raged in 1831, and she was present when slavery was declared no more.

    The Cleverness of Ladies
    ↪ by Alexander McCall Smith

    McCall Smith is the Zimbabwean-born author of the well renowned No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. This book of enchanting short stories begins with one about the familiar Mma Precious Ramotswe, the first female private detective in Botswana, where McCall Smith was once a law professor. The other stories concern women in other nations and their experiences of love, hope, bravery and enterprise.

    Location:
    Norwich: Plumstead Road Public Library, Plumstead Road, NR1 4JS
    Telephone:
    01603 433455

    Sprowston Read

    The Help
    ↪ by Kathryn Stockett

    Enter a vanished and unjust world: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962, where black maids raise white children, but aren’t trusted not to steal the silver. There’s Aibileen, raising her seventeenth white child and nursing the hurt caused by her own son’s tragic death; Minny, whose cooking is nearly as sassy as her tongue; and white Miss Skeeter, home from College, who wants to know why her beloved maid has disappeared.

    Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny. No one would believe they’d be friends; fewer still would tolerate it.

    Location:
    Sprowston: Sprowston Public Library, Recreation Ground Road, NR7 8EW
    Telephone:
    01603 408426

    Thorpe Read

    Noughts & Crosses
    ↪ by Malorie Blackman

    Sephy is a Cross – a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a nought – a ‘colourless’ member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood. But that’s as far as it can go. Until the first steps are taken towards more social equality and a limited number of Noughts are allowed into Cross schools… Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity by Noughts, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum – a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger.

    Location:
    Thorpe: St Williams Way Public Library, Williams Loke, St Williams Way, NR7 0AJ
    Telephone:
    01603 434123

    Tuckswood Reads

    My Best Friend’s Girl
    ↪ by Dorothy Koomson

    What would you do for the friend who broke your heart? Best friends Kamryn and Adele thought nothing could come between them, until Adele slept with Kamryn’s fiancé, Nate. Worse still, she got pregnant and had his child. When Kamryn discovered the truth about their betrayal she vowed never to see any of them again.

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    ↪ by Harper Lee

    In 1960, on the cusp of the US Civil Rights movement, Harper Lee’s one and only novel was published and has since become one of the best-loved stories of all time.

    Location:
    Norwich: Tuckswood Public Library, Robin Hood Road, NR4 6BX
    Telephone:
    01603 452038

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